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corresponding secretary and historian of new england historic- genealogical 

society: librarian emeritus of woburn Public library; author 

of "cutter family," "history of arlington," etc., etc. 





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fHE present work, "Genealogical and Family History of Western New York," pre- 
sents in the aggregate an amount and variety of genealogical and personal infor- 
mation and portraiture unequalled by any kindred publication. Indeed, no sim- 
ilar work concerning the families of this region has ever before been presented. 
It contains a vast amount of ancestral history never before printed. The object 
clearly defined and well digested, was threefold: 

First. To present in concise form the history of Western New York Families of the 
Colonial Days. 

Second, To preserve a record of the prominent present-day people of the region. 

Third. To present through personal sketches the relation of its prominent families 
of all times to the growth, singular prosperity and widespread influence of this portion of 
the Empire State, 

There are numerous voluminous histories of the State, making it unnecessary in this 
work to even outhne its annals. What has been published, however, relates principally to 
civic life. The amplification necessary to complete the picture of the section, old and 
nowadays, is what is supplied in large measu e by these Genealogical and Family Memoirs. 
In other words, while others have written of "the times," the province of this work is to be 
a chronicle of the people who have made Western New York what it is. 

Unique in conception and treatment, this work constitutes one of the most original and 
permanently valuable contributions ever made to the social history of an American com- 
monwealth. In it are arrayed in a lucid and dignified manner all the important facts 
regarding the ancestry, personal careers and matrimonial aUiances of many, who, in each 
succeeding generation, have been accorded leading positions in the social, professional and 
business life of the State. Nor has it been based upon, neiiher does it minister to. aris- 
tocratic prejudices and assumptions. On the contrary, its fundamental ideas are thoroughly 
American and democratic. The work everywhere conveys the lesson that distinction has 
been gained only by honorable public service or by usefulness in private station, and that 
the development and prosperity of the region of which it treats has been dependent upon 
the character of its citizens, and in the stimulus which 
they have given to commerce, to industry, to the arts 
and sciences, to education and religion — to all that is 
comprised in the highest civilization of Ihe present 
day — through a continual progressive development. 

The inspiration underlying the present work is a 
fervent appreciation of the truth so well expressed by 
Sir Walter Scott, that "there is no heroic poem in the 
world but is at the bottom the hfe of a man." And 
with this goes a kindred truth, that to know a man, and 
rightly measure his character, and weigh his achieve- 
ments, we must know whence he came, from what for- o,,g,„,, ow^fr^o'JVS'Lnd Grant, 


bears he sprang. Truly as heroic poems have been written in human lives in the paths of 
peace as in the scarred roads of war. Such examples, in whatever hne of endeavor, are 
of much worth as an incentive to those who come afterward, aftd as such were never so 
needful to be writte* of as in the present day, when pessimism, forgetful of the splendid 
lessons of the past, withholds its effort in the present, and views the future only with alarm. 
Every community with such ample history as this, should see that it be worthily sup- 
plemented by Genealc^ical and Personal Memoirs of its leading families and prominent 
citizens. Such a work is that which is now presented. And, it should be admitted, the 
undertaking possesses value of the highest importance — in its historic utility as a memorial 
of the development and progress of the community from its very founding, and in the 
personal interest which attaches to the record made by the individual. On both these accounts 
it will prove a highly useful contribution to literature, and a valuable legacy to future gen- 
erations. Out of these considerations the authors and publishers have received the encour- 
agement and approval of authorities of the highest standing as genealogists, historians and 
litterateurs. In the production of this work, no pains have been spared to ensure absolute 
truth — that quality upon which its value in ever^- feature depends. The material compris- 
ing the genealogical and personal records of the active living, as well as of the honored 
dead, was gathered by men and women experienced in such work and acquainted with 
local history and ancestral families. These have appealed to the custodians of family 
records concerning the useful men of preceding generations, and of their descendants who 




have lived useful and honorable lives. Such custodians, who have availed themselves of 
this opportunity of having this knowledge placed in preservable and accessible form, have 
performed a public service in rendering honor to whom honor is due. in preserving the 
distinction which rightfully belongs to the Colonial Families, and which distingiiishes them 
from later immigrations ; as well as in inculcating the most valuable and enduring lessons 
of patriotism and good citizenship. 

There is probably no section of the United States in which are so well preserved the 
ideas and characteristics of the original immigrants as in Western New York. At the 
time when most of the pioneer settlers located in this region, the war for American Inde- 
pendence had just closed, and many of them were fresh from the struggle, imbued with 
the highest principles of patriotism, and all brought to their new homes and instilled in 
their children the practice of the simple virtues, the industry and enterprise which have 
made the sons of New York pre-eminent in every walk of life throughout the nation. 
.Another important element in the settlement of this section was made up of the early 
Dutch settlers who came to New Amsterdam (New York) before the adoption of sur- 
names among them. 

Than this region no other offered a more peculiarly interesting field for research. Its 
sons — "native here, and to the manner born," and of splendid ancestry — have attained 
distinction in every field of human effort. An additional interest attaches to the present 


undertaking in the fact that, while dealing primarily with the history of native New 
York, this work approaches the dignity of a national epitome of genealogy and biography. 
Owing to the wide dispersion throughout the country of the old families of the State, the 
authentic account here presented of the constituent elements of her social life, past and 
present, is of far more than merely local value. In its special field it is, in an appreciable 
degree, a reflection of the development of th country at large, since hence went out rep- 
resentatives of historical families, in various generations, who in far remote places — beyond 
the Mississippi and in the Far West — were with the vanguard of civilization, building up 
communities, creating new commonwealths, planting, wherever they went, the church, the 
school house and the printing press, leading into channels of thrift and enterprise all who 
gathered about them, and proving a power for ideal citizenship and good government. 



It was the consensus of opinion of gentlemen well informed and loyal to the memories 
of the past and the needs of the present and future, that the editorial supervision of 
William Richard Cutter, A. M., would ensure the best results attainable in the prepara- 
tion of material for the proposed work. For more than a generation past he has given his 
leisure to historical and genealogical research and authorship. He was the author, with 
his father, of "History of the Cutter Family of New England," 1871-1875 ; and "History 
of Arlington, Massachusetts," 1880; and edited Lieutenant Samuel Thompson s" Diary While 
Serving in the French and Indian War, 1758," 1896. He also prepared a monograph entitled 
"Journal of a Forton Prisoner, England;" sketches of Arlington and Wobum, Massachu- 
setts, and many articles on subjects connected with local historical and genealogical mat- 
ters in periodical literature. He prepared a "Bibliography of Wobum," and he has been 
editor of various historical works outside of his own city. 

Others to whom the publishers desire to make grateful acknowledgment of services 
rendered in various ways — as writers, or in an advisory way in pointing to channels of 
valuable information, are : Edward Theodore Williams, editor of the Cataract Daily Journal, 
and member of various historical societies ; Merton Merriman Wilner, editor of the Buf- 
falo Express; Obed Edson, president of the Chautauqua County Historical Society; Saf- 
ford Elisha North, a director of the Holland Purchase Historical Society; Albert Edward 
Waffle, D. D., president of Historical Conversation Club, Albion ; John Stearns Minard, 
president of the Allegany County Historical Society, etc. 

In order to insure greatest possible accuracy, all matter for this work was submitted in 
typewritten manuscript to the persons most interested, for correction. If, in any case, a^ 
sketch is incomplete or faulty, the shortcoming is ascribable to the paucity of data obtain- 
able, many families being without exact records in their family line; whi^e, in some cases, 
representatives of a given family are at a disagreement as to names of some of their for- 
bears, important dates, etc. 

It is believed that the present work, in spite of the occasional fault which attaches to 
such undertakings, will prove a real addition to the mass of annals concerning the historic 
families of Western New York, and that, without it, much valuable information would 
be inaccessible to the general reader, or irretrievably lost, owing to the passing away of 
custodians of family records, and the consequent disappearance of material in their pos- 



The branch of the Porter fam- 
PORTER ily in Western New York, whose 
leading representative is Hubert 
E. V. Porter, of Jamestown, descends from 
John Porter, of Hingham and Salem, Massa- 
chusetts. They are not connected, so far as 
known, with the Connecticut family, whose de- 
scendants settled at Niagara Falls, New York. 
John Porter, bom in Dorset, England, 1596, 
was among the early settlers of New England. 
He may have lived, for a time, in Boston or 
Dorchester, but the earliest New England rec- 
ords, thus far discovered concerning him, re- 
veal his residence at Hingham, in 1635. On 
September i, 1637, a house lot was granted to 
John Porter, on which he established a home. 
Subsequent to this date various tracts of 
land were allotted to him. In 1640 he was 
appointed, by the general court, to value houses 
and personal property, in Hingham. In 1641 
he was chosen constable of Hingham, and, in 
1644, deputy to the general court. The same 
year he removed to Salem, where various tracts 
of land came into his possession. In 1650 he 
purchased five hundred acres, which he later 
gave to his son Joseph, as a marriage portion. 
At the date of his death he was reputed to 
be the largest landowner in Salem Village, and 
his will distributed a large estate. He was a 
man of energy and influence, well known in 
the colony, and held many official positions. 
He is recorded as having served, at on« time, 
upon the military staff of Governor Endicott. 
He and the governor also joined in the build- 
ing of a sawmill, on Crane's river. John Por- 
ter established the first tannery in New Eng- 
land, and thus founded the hide and leather 
trade. Massachusetts records show that he 
made at least two shipments to the Barbadoes. 
He was familiarly called Farmer Porter and 
Sergeant Porter. According to a family tradi- 
tion he served, from Hingham, in the Pequot 
war. He died in Salem Village, now Danvers, 
September 6, 1676. His widow, Mary, whom 
he probably married in England, is said, by 
Judge Savage, to have died February 6, 1684. 
Children: John, Samuel, Joseph, Benjamin, 
Israel, Mary, Jonathan, Sarah. Israel Porter, 

one of the aforementioned children, was bap- 
tized February 12, 1643. Captain Israel Por- 
ter has been described as the head of a great 
and powerful family. He owned large landed 
estates. He and his wife were Puritans. His 
daughter Elizabeth was the mother of General 
Israel Putnam, the commanding hero of Bunker 
Hill. Israel Putnam was named after his 
grandfather, Israel Porter. 

(II) Samuel, son of John and Mary Porter, 
was a mariner of Wenham, Massachusetts, 
where he owned a house and large farm. He 
married Hannah, daughter of William and 
Elizabeth Dodge, of Beverly, to whom was 
born one child, a son. His death occurred in 
1660, his property being willed equally to his 
wife and his son, but his father and his wife's 
father were named as executors. Child : John, 
of further mention. 

(III) John (2), only son of Samuel and 
Hannah (Dodge) Porter, was born in Wen- 
ham, in 1658. He inherited his father's farm, 
on which he was living at the date of his death. 
During his lifetime he deeded a large part of 
his estate to his children. He was a man of 
high respectability, a representative to the gen- 
eral court in 1712-24-26. He was the mod- 
erator of town meetings, on various dates, for 
several years, and classified as a maltster and 
farmer. He married Lydia, daughter of Henry 
and Lydia Herrick, of Beverly. She was born 
in 1661, died February 12, 1737. During the 
witchcraft delusion he and his wife Lydia, in 
1692, were witnesses at court and testified 
against one Goody Bibber, who had accused 
Sarah Wildes of bewitching her. He died 
March 8, 1753, in the ninety-fifth year of his 
age. Children: i. Samuel, of further mention. 
2. John, born 1683, died 1775, aged ninety-two 
years. 3. Hannah, born November 24, 1687; 
married Thomas Kimball, of Wenham, and 
died at the age of one hundred years. 4. Eliz- 
abeth, married Daniel Gilbert, of Ipswich ; died 
at the age of one hundred years. 5. Benjamin, 
bom 1692, died 1781, aged eighty-nine years. 
6. Jonathan, bom September 11, 1696, died 
I759» aged sixty-three years. 7. Nehemiah, 
died at the age of ninety-two years. 8. Me- 


hitable, born October ii, 1698; married Caleb 
Kimball Jr., of Wenham, February 15, 1718; 
died aged eighty-eight years. 9. Sarah, born 
January 6, 1699; married Thomas Dodge, of 
Wenham, June 23, 1724; died aged eighty- 
nine years. 10. Mary, born July 20, 1700; 
married Robert Cue, of Wenham; died in 
1790, aged ninety years. 11. Lydia, died at the 
age of sixty years. The average age of the 
eleven children was eighty-seven years. 

(IV) Samuel (2), eldest son of John (2) 
and Lydia (Herrick) Porter, was born at Wen- 
ham, February 17, 1681, died in 1770. He 
lived on the old homestead, bequeathed to him 
by his father. He rendered military service in 
the colonies and bore the rank of sergeant. 
In 1706 he married Sarah Bradstreet, grand- 
daughter of Governor Simon Bradstreet. Chil- 
dren: Samuel, born November 14, 171 1 ; Eben- 
ezer, 17 16; John, of further mention; Anna, 
August 13, 1 7 19. 

(V) Captain John (3) Porter, son of Sam- 
uel (2) and Sarah (Bradstreet) Porter, was 
born at Wenham, July 9, 171 7. He lived in 
Wenham, removing to Littleton after 1744. 
He married (first) Mary Kimball, November 

30, 1738; married (second) Lydia , May 

24, 1750, of Littleton. He appears with rank 
of sergeant, Lexington alarm roll, Captain 
Aquille Jeuett's company, Colonel James Pres- 
cott's regiment, which marched on the alarm 
of April 19, 1775, from Littleton. Length of 
service, fourteen days. ("Lexington Alarm," 
vol. 12, p. 148). He also appears upon a list 
of officers of the Massachusetts militia, of Gro- 
ton, Massachusetts, March 11, 1776, as ad- 
jutant of Jonathan Reed*s regiment. Proper 
rank, captain. ("Massachusetts Muster and 
Pay Rolls," vol. 41, p. 153). He also appears 
as adjutant on muster and pay roll of the 
field and staflF officers. Colonel Jonathan Reed, 
March 30, 1776. He appears in the service of 
the northern army, residence Littleton, dated 
Boston, March 10, 1777. ("Massachusetts Mus- 
ter and Pay Rolls," vol. 26, p. 277). His mih- 
tary record shows numerous short term en- 
listments throughout the war. By "Field and 
StaflF Rolls, Muster Roll," vol. 26, p. 24, he 
appears in service at the capitulation of Gen- 
eral Burgoyne. At the battle of Bennington 
he rendered heroic service. He was commis- 
sioned captain. October 20, 1779, and detached 
from the Sixth Middlesex County Regiment 
to reinforce the continental army, by resolve of 
October 9, T779. He died at Littleton, Massa- 

chusetts, March 12, 1802. Children: Bial, a 
daughter, born January 3, 1740; John, of fur- 
ther mention; Mary, November 28, 1744. 

(VI) Major John (4) Porter, son of Cap- 
tain John (3) and Mary (Kimball) Porter, 
was born at Wenham, April 18, 1742. He re- 
moved, with his parents, to Littleton, 1744, 
where he died April 23, 1834, aged ninety-two 
years. He was a major in the revolutionary 
war. Military record found at state house, 
Boston: Appears with rank of major, on a 
return of officers, in Thirteenth Regiment, Colo- 
nel Edward Wiggle worth, October 12, 1778. 
("Massachusetts Muster and Pay Rolls," vol. 
71, p. 23). He appears with grade of major, on 
a depreciation roll of Colonel Edward Wiggle- 
worth's regiment, to made good the deprecia- 
tion of wages for the first three years* service 
in the continental army, from 1777 to 1780. 
(Late Calvin Smith's regiment). ("Deprecia- 
tion Rolls," vol.' 31, p. 180). He appears in 
return of Timothy Bigelow's regiment, dated 
Robinson Farm, July 28, 1780. Rank, inspector. 
Autograph signatitre. ("Massachusetts Mus- 
ter and Pay Rolls," vol. 69, p. 36). Appears 
with the rank of major and brigade inspector, 
on a pay abstract of Colonel Calvin Smith's 
regiment, for last three months' service, in 
year 1780, in the Massachusetts line of the 
ccmtinental army, dated Boston, June 19, 
1781. (**Abstract of Rolls," vol. 7, p. 66). 
Appears in a statement of continental balance, 
with rank of major and brigade inspector, in 
Colonel Calvin Smith's regiment. ("Militia 
Officers, etc.," vol. 28, pp. 200-201). Appears 
on an order, dated Salem, December 22, 1783, 
for waees due, signed by himself, in the Sixth 
Massachusetts Regiment, as major. ("Massa- 
chusetts Muster and Pay Rolls," vol. 54, p. 138, 
file C). On July i, 1781, he was appointed, 
by John Hancock, governor and commander- 
in-chief in and over the commonwealth of 
Massachusetts, major of the Sixth Regiment 
of Militia,.county of Middlesex, Henry Wood 
being colonel. A photograph of the original 
commission, showing the familiar signature of 
John Hancock, is in the possession of H. E. V. 
F^orter, of Jamestown, New York. He married 
Lydia Baker, of Littleton. Intentions published 
March 26, 1 768. She was a daughter of William 
and Rebecca Baker. Children : John, born June 
17, 1769 ; Lydia, August 28, 1770 ; Israel, of fur- 
ther mention ; Jeptha. September 21, 1790, died 

(MI) Israel, son of Major John (4) and 


Lydia (Baker) Porter, was born at Littleton, 
Massachusetts, November 27, 1 77 1 . He was edu- 
cated at New Ipswich Academy (now Apple- 
ton Academy), of New Ipswich, New Hamp- 
shire. In 1806 he settled in Gouverneur, New 
York, as a pioneer of that section, and his 
name is recorded as one of the founders of 
Gouverneur, on a tablet in a memorial arch, in 
the center of the village, erected in 1906. The 
name of Israel Porter appears with frequency 
in the history of Gouverneur, and the hotel he 
erected there, at a very early date, under con- 
tract with Gouverneur Morris, to accommodate 
the stage line that passed through that section, 
still remains in good repair, though occupied 
at present as a tenement house (1911). He 
was also engaged in the milling business, in 
(iouverneur. A large part of his early life 
was devoted to the vocation of a surveyor. 
In 1835 he took a trip, with his oldest son, to 
Wisconsin, and, pushing into the wilderness 
west of Milwaukee, he surveyed out land for 
his three sons. Returning to Milwaukee on a 
visit, in the summer of 1836, he was taken 
with pneumonia, and died September 16, 1836, 
aged sixty-five years nine months and nineteen 
(lays. His death is recorded as the first Anglo- 
Saxon death»in Milwaukee. He married (first) 
Hannah Belknap, born April 2, 1778, died in 
Gouverneur, New York, July 2, 181 6, daugh- 
ter of Abel and Bathiah (Newhall) Belknap. 
He married (second) Lucy Church, of Gou- 
verneur, New York, born 1776, died April 22, 
1857. Children: lantha. born 1798; Israel 
Washington, of further mention; Emily A., 
1806, died 1808, first white person to meet 
death in Gouverneur; Sally Ann, 1807: So- 
phrona. May 30, 1809, married James C. How- 
ard, March 8, 1829, gave birth to fifteen chil- 
<!ren ; John, married Louisa Clark, of Medina 
county, Ohio, April 6, 1836: Adaline, born 
J815 ; Jeptha, 1816 : married Betsey Stone, lived 
in Wisconsin, died in Gouverneur. 

(VIII) Israel Washington, son of Israel 
and Hannah (Belknap) Porter, was born April 
12, 1801, died April 14, 1875. He was a mill- 
wright, stock raiser and general farmer. From 
Gouverneur, New York, he removed to Wads- 
worth, Medina county, Ohio, in 1834, and 
from there to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the 
i^arly spring of 1836. The country was wild 
and heavily wooded. Game was abundant, and 
wild men roamed at will through the territory. 
In 1866, on account of impaired health, he re- 
moved to Forest Grove, near Vineland, New 

Jersey, where he purchased land and developed 
a fruit farm. He married Lydia Harris, of 
Gouverneur, April 17, 1823. She was born 
July 4, 1803, died November 30, 1843. Chil- 
dren : I. lantha Ann, born in Gouverneur, New 
York, May 8, 1825 ; married (first) Hiram 
Bigelow; one son, Alfred H. Bigelow, born 
August 31, 1844; enlisted July 15, 1861, Com- 
pany H, Second Minnesota; shot and killed 
at Chickamauga, September 20, 1863 ; she mar- 
ried (second) WiUiam McQueen ; he died 1899; 
she died October 31, 1907. 2. Volney Homer, 
of further mention. 3. William Berkeley, born 
at Gouverneur, New York, June 22, 1829, died 
at Black River Falls, Wisconsin, June 22, 1885. 
4. Washington Graham, born in Gouverneur, 
New York, March 26, 1831. 5. Cordelia, bom 
in Gouverneur, New York, January 4, 1833. 
6. Calista, bom in Wadsworth, Medina county, 
Ohio, September 23, 1834. 7. Edwin J., born 
near Milwaukee, Wisconsin, April 26, 1837. 
8. Henry Harris, born at Pewaukee, Wisconsin, 
July Ti, 1839, died December i, 1876. 9. John, 
born at Pewaukee, Wisconsin, October 11, 
1840, died March 8, 1853. i^- Luther, twin, 
born at Pewaukee, Wisconsin, October 5, 1843. 
TI. Lydia, twin of Luther. 

(IX) Sergeant Volney Homer Porter, son 
of Israel Washington and Lydia (Harris) Por- 
ter, was bom in Gouverneur, New York, March 
15, 1827. He lived near Milwaukee, Wiscon- 
sin. He crossed the plains to California, in 
1850, returned home, in 1853, by way of Nica- 
ragua, thence by steamer to New York. On 
August 21, 1862, he enlisted in Company K, 
Twenty-eighth Regiment, Wisconsin Volun- 
teers, in which regiment he served until the 
close of the war, being mustered out of service 
at Brownsville, Texas, August 23, 1865. He 
was appointed first sergeant of Company K. 
January 22, 1864. At the battle of Helena, 
Arkansas, July 4, 1863, he fired the first gim, 
which was a signal for the opening of the con- 
flict. From five o'clock in the morning until 
one o'clock in the afternoon the confederates 
made continuous attacks, all of which were re- 
pulsed, with considerable loss. Twenty per 
cent of the entire confederate force were kill- 
ed, wounded or captured. Soon after the war 
he removed, with his family, to New Jersey, 
and engaged in fruit farming. He lived for 
many years in the little village of Forest Grove, 
and died at Clayton, New Jersey, February 23, 
1905. He married Adelia E. Jackson, at Mil- 
waukee. Wisconsin. July i. 1855. She was 

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bom at Underbill, Vermont, December i8, 
1836, and died at Forest Grove, New Jersey, 
August 3, 1889. Children: Cbarles Riel, born 
July 3, 1856, lives at Vineland, New Jersey ; 
Hattie Minetta, December 20, 1859, lives at 
Clayton, New Jersey; Hubert Elmer Volney, 
of further mention; Arthur Jackson, June 23, 
1866, Hves at Brooklyn, New York. 

(X) Hubert Elmer Volney, son of Sergeant 
Volney Homer and Adelia E. (Jackson) Por- 
ter, was bom in Waukesha, Wisconsin, No- 
vember 21, 1861. He removed, with his par- 
ents, to Forest Grove, near Vineland, New 
Jersey, April, 1869. He began his education 
in the public schools of New Jersey. When 
seventeen years of age he engaged in the gro- 
cery business, in which he continued for two 
years. He entered Pennington Seminary and 
Cellmate Institute, in tbe fall of 1880, from 
which institution he was graduated from its 
scientific department, in 1885, and awarded the 
Ronan gold medal for oratory. He took a 
partial course at Dickinson College, Carlisle, 
Pennsylvania, and the degree of Master of 
Accounts was conferred upon him by Eastman 
National Business College, of Poughkeepsie, 
New York, August 2, 1887. He taught in the 
public schools of New Jersey, and at the Bap- 
tist College, Woodstock, Ontario. He was 
elected president and principal of the James- 
town Business College Association, limited, 
Jamestown, New York, June 18, 1892, and re- 
elected thereafter each year until the present 
time {1911). This institution was founded by 
E. J. Cobura, in October, 1886. Several lead- 
ing business men of Jamestown, becoming sat- 
isfied that the business interests of this city 
demanded the promotion of a business college in 
this community of sufRcient financial strength 
to insure a thorough and comprehensive course 
in business and shorthand, gave to the school 

th*.ir financial siirmort, and, in AugUSt, J889, 

icorporation as a business 
ty, under the laws of the 
nas to its graduates. The 
i named in the certificate 
>bert N. Marvin, Edgar P. 
jdfit, W. A. Hallock, Elliot 
rich, Eleazer Green, W. A. 
Hall. For many years the 
n the Gokey block, corner 

Third streets, until the big 
ID. which totally destroyed 
the center of the city. Im- 

this disaster tbe board of 

directors of the college determined to erect a 
school building of their own. On the top floor 
of this handsome structure the business and 
banking departments of the school and a gen- 
eral classroom are located. On the second Hoor 
may be seen the general business ofllice, private 
office of the president, consulting room, and 
tbe shorthand and typewriting departments. 
The ground floor and basement are chiefly 
occupied by the auditorium of the school, where 
lectures, concerts, entertainments, athletic and 
social functions may be enjoyed. The building 
is thoroughly ventilated, made comfortable in 
cold weather by the latest and most approved 
hot water system, lighted by electricity, and, on 
every floor, are toilet conveniences and sani- 
tary drinking fountains. The business office 
and several departments of the school are con- 
nected by intercommunicating telephones, and 
the entire building is equipped with the most 
modern and up-to-date business equipment. In- 
dividual desks and comfortable seats are pro- 
vided for each student. In the classroom large 
tablet arm chairs are in use, and a survey of 
the building throughout will reveal the most 
convenient, comfortable and practical fixtures 
obtainable. Being fireproof, with two wide 
stairways on opposite sides of jhe building, 
leading down from the tc^ floor, every possible 
personal danger of fire has been eliminated. 
The interior plans are the result of long years 
of experience, and so nearly perfect are they 
for the needs of a business college that many 
school men and others familiar with the schools 
of the country have pronounced this new build- 
ing the most complete and the most nearly 
ideal of any structure thus far evolved for 
commercial school purposes. The board of 
directors of the school at present is as follows : 
H. E. V. Porter, president ; Elliot C. Hall, vice- 
president; Arthur J. Porter, secretary and 
treasurer; Richard Humphrey Vipan, O. Emil 
Law son. 

Mr. Porter has, at different times, taken 
more or less of an interest in politics. In the 
spring of 1904 he was nominated on the Re- 
publican ticket and elected alderman of the 
second ward of the city of Jamestown, and re- 
elected from the same ward, two years later, 
for a second term, in which position he was 
elected president of the common council and 
acting mayor in, the absence of the city's offi- 
cial head. He was ordained an elder of the 
Methodist Episcopal church by Bishop Charles 
Fowler, September 20, 1897. He was three 



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years president of the Erie Conference Ep- 
worth League, and two years president of the 
Fourth General Conference District Ep worth 
League, embracing seven conferences. He was 
elected represenfeitive from the First Methodist 
Episcopal Church, of Jamestown, to lay elec- 
toral conference of the Erie conference, held in 
Jamestown, in September, 1899, and again elect- 
ed to represent this church, in the same capacity, 
in Warren, Pennsylvania, in September, 1903. 
For eighteen years a member of the board of 
directors of the Young Men's Christian Asso- 
ciation, of Jamestown, and, for four years, 
president of the association, during which time 
the new building of the association, at a cost 
of $60,000, was erected. He is a member of 
Mt Moriah Lodge, No. 145, Free and Ac- 
cepted Masons, and Mt. Tabor Lodge, No. 780, 
Independent Order of Odd Fellows. During 
the Spanish-American war he enlisted in the 
One Hundred and Thirteenth Separate Com- 
pany, National Guard of New York, and was 
appointed corporal and later sergeant. Con- 
tinuing in the state militia he received the ten- 
year service medal, in 1908. 

He married Grace Estelle Townley, of James- 
town, New York, January 26, 1893. She was 
born in Brockwayville, Pennsylvania, May 30, 
1 87 1, daughter of Benjamin Franklin and Jennie 
Margaret Townley. Children, born jn James- 
town: CsLTolyn Margaret, July 19, 1898; John 
Townley, May 10, 1909. 

The orthography of the 
HAZELTINE name of this numerous 

family, Hazeltine, Hasel- 
tine, Hazelton, has varied to suit the. ideas of 
the various descendants of Robert and John 
Hazeltine, who landed at Salem in the province 
of Massachusetts Bay, in New England, in 
1637, and settled in the county of Essex, upon 
the Merrimack river. They came from York- 
shire, England, where the name had sometimes 
been written Hazelden, with a colony of sixty 
families, under the leadership of their pastor, 
Rev. Ezekiel Rogers. The Hazeltines were of 
importance in England, for their coat-of-arms 
is recorded in the College of Arms or Heraldry. 
They, with the members of the colony with 
which they came, were of those to whom the 
name of Puritan was originally given in de- 
rision, but which they willingly accepted and to 
which they and their descendants have added 
distinction. It is with the descendants of John 
that we have to do in the following narrative. 

( I ) John Hazeltine was one of the first three 
settlers of that part of Rowley, Essex coun- 
ty, Massachusetts, afterwards incorporated as 
Bradford. He gave the people of Bradford an 
acre of land for a "meeting house." He lived, 
for a time, in Haverhill, across the Merrimack 
river, in New Hampshire, but returned to Brad- 
ford about 1660. He married Joan Auter, of 
Biddeford, England, but whether before or 
after his settlement 4n Massachusetts is uncer- 
tain. The date of his marriage, as well as that 
of his birth, is not exactly known. He died 
December 23, 1690, said to have been seventy 
years old. His will was probated March 31, 
1691. He had four children, three sons and 
one daughter, the oldest son being Samuel (see 

(H) Lieutenant Samuel Hazeltine, son of 
John Hazeltine, was born December 12, 1645. 
He served in the King's colonial army, in the 
Indian wars of that period. He married Deb- 
orah, daughter of Peter Cooper, of Rowley, 
December 28, 1670. He lived in Bradford, on 
a part of his father's homestead. He died in 
1717. He had four sons and three daughters. 
His oldest son Samuel died young. His sec- 
ond son was John (see forward). 

(HI) John (2), son of Lieutenant Samuel 
Hazeltine, was bom March 28, 1678. He lived at 
Bradford and married Abigail Ross, August 
21, 1 701. The date of his death is not known, 
but it was doubtless before 1715, for, in that 
year, his widow, Abigail Hazeltine, of Rowley, 
had real estate transactions. He had three sons 
and one daughter. His second son was Abner 
(see forward). 

(IV) Abner, son of John (2) Hazeltine, 
was born June 19, 1705. He settled in Men- 
don, Worcester county, Massachusetts. He 
married, February 10, 1730, Elizabeth Raw- 
son, daughter of Rev. Grindal Rawson, of 
Mendon. Thus early the descendants of the 
original immigrants, Robert and John, began 
their journeyings westward, in the endeavor 
to go forward to possess all the land which 
ceased not until the Pacific ocean was reach- 
ed, for they are now in all states of the Union. 
Abner Hazeltine lived in Mendon until his 
death, which occurred just before the birth 
of his only child, Abneii. The Rev. Grindal 
Rawson, father of Elizabeth, wife of Abner 
Hazeltine, was the son of Edward and Rachel 
(Perne) Rawson. Edward Rawson, the pro- 
genitor of the Rawson family in America, was 
bom in Dorsetshire, England, April 15, 161 5. 


He came to the colony of Massachusetts Bay, 
in 1637, and settled in the town of Newbury. 
He was the secretary of the colony, from 1651 
to 1686, and was an influential man in the 
colony. He was a direct descendant of Sir 
Edward Rawson, who lived in the reign of one 
of the Henry's, one of the Kings of England, 
and was a man of military skill and experience. 
His wife Rachel was a niece of Edmund Grin- 
dal, successively Bishop of London and oi 
York, and Archbishop of Canterbury, Primate 
of England in the reign of Elizabeth. 

(V) Abner (2), son of Abner (i) and 
Elizabeth (Rawson) Hazeltine, was bom at 
Mendon, Massachusetts, November 5, 1731. 
He married Martha Goss, of that town, whose 
maiden name was Robbins. He lived in the 
towns of Mendon and Upton, and owned and 
sold lands in both towns. He moved to Wards- 
boro, Vermont, in 1795, where he died in 1816. 
While a citizen of Massachusetts. he served in 
the King's colonial army, was a private in 
Major John Hazeltine's company, and his name 
appears on the muster roll of 1755, and also 
on muster roll dated March, 1756, of a com- 
pany in his Majesty's service. Captain John 
Dalrimple, in the expedition to Crown Point. 
His oldest son, but third child, was Daniel (see 

(VI) Daniel, son of Abner (2) Hazeltine, 
was born at Mendon, December 20, 1761 ; died 
in Chautauqua county. New York, June 18, 
1828. He married, May 8, 1788, Susannah 
Jones, of Milford, Worcester county, Massa- 
chusetts, daughter of Abraham Jones Jr., of 
Milford, who served in the revolutionary war, 
at "Lexington Alarms," in Captain William 
Jennison's company, of Mendon, also in the 
Eleventh Regiment of Connecticut, Colonel 
Ebenezer Williams, also served in New York, 
in Lieutenant-Colonel Frederick Wessenfel's 
regiment, raised in the defense of New York. 
Daniel Hazeltine himself served in the revolu- 
tionary war, in Colonel Sprout's Massachusetts 
regiment, also in Captain Ephraim Hartwell's 
company of guards, also in Colonel Tyler's 
Massachusetts regiment. He first settled in 
Wardsboro, Vermont. Subsequently, about 
1820, he removed to Jamestown, New York, 
following his eight sons there. His sons, Laban 
Hazeltine, M. D., Abner Hazeltine and Daniel 
Hazeltine, settled in Jamestown, Chautauqua 
county. New York, in 1815. Dr. Laban Hazeltine 
was the first physician in southern Chautauqua. 
He married Content Flagler, of Dutchess coun- 

ty, and had two sons who grew to maturity, 
Gilbert Wilkinson Hazeltine, M. D., and Rich- 
ard Flagler Hazeltine, whose son, Laban Hazel- 
tine, M. D., is now (1911) a practicing physi- 
cian and surgeon in Jamestown. With him is 
his son, Edward Hazeltine, M. D. Daniel 
Hazeltine's second son was Abner (see for- 

(VH) Abner (3), second son of Daniel 
Hazeltine, was born at Wardsboro, Windham 
county, Vermont, June 10, 1793. He was a 
teacher in the common schools, fitted for col- 
lege, under the instruction of his pastor, and 
was graduated from Williams College in 181 5. 
The same year he removed to Jamestown, New 
York, where he taught school while he was 
studying for his profession, under the direction 
of Jacob Houghton and Samuel A. Brown. 
He engaged in the practice of law in Chau- 
tauqua county, New York, and adjacent county 
of Warren, Pennsylvania, until his decease. 
December 20, 1879. He was one of the found- 
ers of the First Congregational Church, in 
Jamestown, in 18 16, and of the Jamestown 
Academy, was its secretary and one of the 
trustees until it was merged in the Union free 
school and became the high school of that city. 
He was elected to the assembly of 1829, and 
again to that of 1830, was elected member of 
the twenty-third congress, and again of the 
twenty-fourth congress, district attorney of 
Chautauqua county in 1847, and judge of 
Chautauqua county in 1859. 

Abner Hazeltine married (first), September 

21, 1819, Polly Kidder, born at Wardsboro, 
Vermont, April i, 1798, died October 14, 1832. 
Children; Charles Goddard, born October 12, 
1820, died June 24, 1880; Harriet Newell, 
March 23, 1822, died June 16, 1901 ; Lydia 
Kidder, October 13, 1824, died October 6, 
1825; Henry Martyn, August 28, 1831, died 
March 15, 1899. Abner Hazeltine married 
(second), July 21, 1834, Matilda Hayward, of 
Pomfret, Windham county, Connecticut. She 
was born at the above-mentioned place, July 

22, 1799, died April i, 1877. Children: Abner, 
born March 18, 1836 (see forward) ; Lewis 
Hayward, M. D., December 7, 1838, resides at 
Detroit, Michigan; Mary Matilda, March 21, 
1843, married DeForest Weld, a sketch of the 
Weld family appears in this work also. 

(Vni) Abner (4), third son of Abner (3) 
Hazeltine, was bom at Jamestown, New York, 
March 18, 1836, was prepared for college at 
the Jamestown and Cherry Valley, New York. 


academies, was educated at Williams College 
and the Albany Law School. Admitted to the 
bar of the supreme court of New York, De- 
cember, i860, and subsequently admitted to 
practice in Pennsylvania, and in the district 
and circuit courts of the United States. He 
joined his father in the practice of law at 
Jamestown, and continues in active practice 
at the age of seventy-five. He has been post- 
master of the city of Jamestown, district attor- 
ney of Chautauqua county, and police justice 
of the city of Jamestown. He was appointed 
United States commissioner in 1879, which 
office he still holds. He is a Congregationalist, 
a Free Mason of the degree of Knights Temp- 
lar, member of the Society of the Sons of the 
Revolution, because of the military services of 
his grandfather and great-grandfather, and is 
secretary of the Chautauqua County Historical 

He married, April 25, 1867, Olivia A. Brown, 
who was a granddaughter of Samuel Benedict, 
a soldier in the revolutionary war from Con- 
necticut. His children are : 

(IX) Mary Emogene, daughter of Abner 
(4) Hazeltine, was born at Jamestown, May 
5, 1868. She was prepared for college en- 
trance at the Jamestown high school, and was 
graduated at Wellesley College, in 1891. After 
graduation she engaged in teaching in the high 
schools of Connecticut, after which she took 
up the work of librarian, was librarian of the 
James Prendergast Free Library, at James- 
town, for twelve years, when she was called to 
be preceptress of the Wisconsin Library School, 
at Madison, Wisconsin, which is an integral 
part of the University of Wisconsin. Her 
duties are to direct the instruction given in 
library science, and to superintend the exami- 
nation of the libraries of the state, under the 
authority of the State Library Commission. 
She was the first woman president of the New 
York State Library Association, of New York. 
She is a member of the Society of the Daugh- 
ters of the American Revolution. 

(IX) Ray Thomas, son of Abner (4) Hazel- 
tine, born at Jamestown, New York, August 
24, 1 87 1, was educated in the public schools of 
Jamestown and at Cornell University. He is 
a postal clerk, in charge of the postal car on the 
Erie railroad. He was married to Mabel Molloy, 
September 17, 1894, and has one daughter, 
Margaret, born at Jamestown, New York, No- 
vember 30, 1895, a student in the Jamestown 
high school. 

Authorities and Bibliography: Genealogical Sketches 
of Robert and John Hazeltine and their Descendants, 
Portland, Maine, 1892. The Rawson Family, mem- 
oirs of Edward Rawson, with genealogical notices 
of his descendants; first edition published by the 
family, Boston, 1849; revised edition by E. B. Crane, 
Worcester, Massachusetts, 1875 ; same, condensed, in 
III. New England Genealogical Register, pp. 201-208, 
297-330 (Boston, 1849). Massachusetts Colonial Rec- 
ords, vol. 93, p. 177, and vol. 94, p. 50. Massachusetts 
Soldiers and Sailors. Annals of Mendon. History 
of Mil ford. Year Book of the Society of the Sons 
of the Revolution. Year Book of the Daughters of 
the American Revolution. Childs' Gazetteer of Ver- 
mont. Histonr of Chautauqua County, New York 
(Young), Buffalo, 1875. Centennial History of Chau- 
tauqua (iounty (The (Chautauqua History Company), 
1904, i. vol., 611. Early History of the Town of Elli- 
cott, Chautauqua County, New York (G. W. Hazel- 
tine, M. D.), Jamestown, 1887, passim. 

The Derbys of Jamestown, New 
DERBY York, descend from Phineas Der- 
by, a native of England, who 
came to the American colonies, settled in the 
state of Vermont, where he followed farming 
all his days. He served in the continental 
army, and held political office in his adopted 
state. He married and had issue, including a 
son Joseph. 

(II) Joseph, son of Phineas Derby, was 
bom in the state of Vermont, died in Warren 
county, Pennsylvania, March 14, 1837. He 
remained in Vermont until he reached man's 
estate, then removed to (jenesee county. New 
York, where he married. After a few years 
spent in New York state he removed to War- 
ren county, Pennsylvania, where he followed 
his trade of stonemason, in connection with 
farming. He married, in Genesee county, New 
York, Elizabeth, daughter of R. Kenyon, bom 
in Rhode Island, but a settler in Genesee coun- 
ty. New York, residing near Batavia. Chil- 
dren of Joseph and Elizabeth Derby : Phineas : 
Sylvanus, died in 1886 ; John K., born Febru- 
ary 9, 1816; William R., of Warren, Pennsyl- 
vania, died in 1891 ; Silas Stephen, of further 

(III) Silas Stephen, fifth son of Joseph and 
Elizabeth (Kenyon) Derby, was bom in Clark- 
son, Monroe county, New York, April 29, 
1820; died in Jamestown, New York, March 
22, 1901, after an illness of six years and 
seven months. He was educated in the public 
schools of the town, resided for a time in 
Warren county, Pennsylvania, and, at the age 
of eighteen years, settled in Jamestown, New 
York, which was his home for sixty-two years. 
He was a painter and decorator by trade. In 



1839 he opened a paint store, in partnership 
with his brother, John K. Derby, which they 
conducted for twenty years. Mr. Derby con- 
tinued in active business until several years 
prior to his death, when he retired, having 
secured a competency through energy and ju- 
dicious re&l estate investment. He was an in- 
valid for many years preceding his death. He 
was a man of high character and held the con- 
fidence and respect of all who knew him. He 
was actively interested in public affairs, held 
various town offices, including that of street 
commissioner. He belonged to the Royal Temp- 
lars of Temperance, and advocated the cause 
of Prohibition. In earlier years and until well 
along in life he was a Republican, but later 
supported the candidates and principles of the 
Prohibition party. He was converted at the 
age of eighteen years, under the preaching of 
Elder Rexford, of the Freewill Baptist Church, 
afterward joining the Wesleyan Methodist 
Church, at Jamestown. He continued an earn- 
est, active member of that denomination as 
long as they maintained a church in his city. 
He never joined any other church, but wor- 
shipped with and was liberal in his support of 
the Free Methodist Church. It is noted that 
he was a subscriber to the "Wesleyan Meth- 
odist," from about the date of its first publica- 
tion until his death. 

He married, December 17, 1840, Huldah 
Elizabeth Trask, born September 22, 181 7, 
died at Jamestown, New York, March i, 1910, 
aged ninety-two years. She was born in Pen- 
field (now Webster), Monroe county. New 
York, daughter of Elijah and Azubah (Mc- 
Farlin) Trask. Elijah Trask was born in 
Rhode Island, and came to Monroe county, 
New York, April 15, 1791 ; he settled at Busti, 
Chautauqua county, in 1831, where he con- 
ducted a farm and followed his trade of shoe- 
maker. He married, January 18, 1815, Azubah 
McFarlin, born June 24, 1797, died May 3, 
1883; he died May 22, 1873. Children of Mr. 
and Mrs. Trask: Azubah S., born December 
9, 181 5; Huldah Elizabeth, married Silas S. 
Derby ; William E., bom April 16, 1819 ; George 
O., January 3, 1821 ; Polly Ann, April 10, 1823 : 
Hannah Irene, February i, 1825; Silas B., 
April 25, 1827 ; Leander W., March 25, 1829 ; 
Benjamin A., November 11, 1831 ; Chauncy 
M., September 15, 1833; Gardner S., October 
26, 183s ; Martha D., 'May 2, 1838. Huldah 
Elizabeth, second child, came to Jamestown 

when fourteen years of age. With the excep- 
tion of a few months it was ever afterward 
her home. She was, for many years, a mem- 
ber of the Wesleyan Methodist Church, which 
was later destroyed by fire. It was, however, 
as a woman devoted to her family that she was 
best known. She was the last survivor of the 
family of twelve children, and retained, in a 
remarkable degree, her faculties until the last. 
After she attained great age her birthdays 
were always celebrated by the family and were 
grand occasions. Owing to her poor health 
her ninety-second birthday was not celebrated 
in the usual manner, yet many came just the 
same to offer congratulations, while the mail 
brought numerous letters and cards. That day 
she visited, in her chair, a photograph gallery 
and had her picture taken with a great-great- 
niece. During the preceding summer she ac- 
complished considerable sewing and embroid- 
ery. She retained her sense of sight and hear- 
ing to the last. She died the following March. 

Children of Silas S. and Huldah E. (Trask) 
Derby, all born in Jamestown: i. Agnes D., 
born March 21, 1844; was educated in the 
public schools and Jamestown Academy; at 
the age of eighteen years she opened a private 
school in Corry, Pennsylvania, which was the 
first Protestant school in that town; her life 
has been mainly devoted to the care of her 
aged parents, whose memory she reveres ; she 
is an active member of the Free Methodist 
Church, of Jamestown, and secretary of the 
official board; she is a highly-esteemed and 
well-loved lady. 2. Sylvia A., born May 17, 
1849; was educated in the public schools and 
Jamestown Academy; she married, June 16, 
1873, Darwin E. Hay ward; children: i. Earl 
Derby Hayward, born May 28, 1874, now a 
resident of Aberdeen, South Dakota, employ- 
ed in* the United States postoffice, he mar- 
ried Minnie Cottrell, child, Geraldine W. ; ii. 
Lynn D. Hayward, bom November 4, 1880; 
after completing his education he enlisted in 
the United States navy, and served four years. 
Mrs. Hayward resides with her sister Agnes 
D. and attends the Methodist Episcopal church. 

George Alonzo, son of George N. King, who 
was adopted by Silas Stephen Derby, was ap- 
pointed United States marshal at Shanghai, 
China, where he is now located; he married 
and has George H. and Stephen S., living, 
and Agnes, deceased ; they reside at Shanghai, 
China. • 


This family is of Swedish 
DAHLSTROM birth and ancestry, and, 

although of comparatively 
recent settlement in the United States, has se- 
cured a firm and lasting place in the business 
history of their adopted land. Charles Peter 
Dahlstrom, the founder of the family in the 
United States, was a son of Lars Peter Dahl- 
strom, born on the Island of Gotland, Sweden. 
Lars Peter Dahlstrom was a man of education 
and held important rank in the Swedish Mili- 
tary Organization. He was tactical instructor 
for several years, until his retirement. He 
then purchased a farm, on which he has since 
resided. He is also a prominent member of 
the Swedish Lutheran church, holding official 
positions, and is now treasurer. After his 
son's successful settlement in the United States 
Mr. Dahlstrom Sr. visited him, but, after a 
lengthy visit, returned to the land of his birth, 
where he now resides. He married and had 
the following children: i. Olga, married Cap- 
tain Hjelmer Osteman, and has Ehrich and 
Sbea. 2. Charles Peter, of further mention. 
3. Andries Frederick, bom 1875, died 1907; 
he married and left issue. 4. Ervid, born 1879, 
died 1907 ; both he and his brother, Andries P., 
came to their death by accidental drowning, at 
the same time ; he married Dika Hamerstrom, 
and left issue. 5. Laura. 

(H) Charles Peter, son of Lars Peter Dahl- 
strom, was bom on the Island of Gotland, 
Sweden, September 4, 1872; died in James- 
town, Chautauqua county, New York, April 
10, 1909. He was educated in Sweden ; attend- 
ed the public schools of Gotland, until he was 
twelve years of age, then went to Stockholm, 
the capital, where he entered a school of tech- 
nology, and completed his education. He had 
an inventive mechanical mind, and after learn- 
ing the trade of tool and die maker came to 
the United States, in 1890. He was a skillful 
mechanic, and was a natural inventor, having, 
from early youth, been noted for his genius in 
devising improvements on machinery, and in 
contriving special attachments. He found work 
at his trade in Buffalo, New York, where he 
worked for several years, being three years 
with the Spalding Machine & Screw Company, 
where he invented several devices and toc^ 
out some important patents. He was held in 
the highest esteem by his employers, and, after 
leaving them and working in Chicago and Mil- 
waukee for a time, they induced him to return 

to Buffalo. After a short time, however, he 
again left and went to Pittsburgh, Pennsyl- 
vania, where, for nine months, he was with the 
Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Com- 
pany. Here he formed a personal acquaint- 
ance with George Westinghouse, the great in- 
ventor, and these two men of similar tastes 
and talents were ever afterward friends. In 
1899 he located in Jamestown, New York, and 
entered the employ of the Art Metal Construc- 
tion Company, having a five years' contract 
with that company. During this period he in- 
vented a metallic door, which later brought 
him fame and wealth. In 1894, having obtain- 
ed his patents on the door, he severed his con- 
nection with the art metal company and 
organized the Dahlstrom Metallic Door Com- 
pany, with a small plant in Jamestown, on a 
single floor of the Gokey building. This door 
at once met with public favor, its special adap- 
tation to high buildings and hotels being quick- 
ly recognized. By its use fires in buildings can 
be confined to the rooms in which they origin- 
ate and much loss of life and property be 
averted. So rapid was the rise of the company 
that they were soon compelled to erect a four- 
story brick plant, on Buffalo street, and, be- 
fore it was finished, additions were planned 
and even begun before the main building was 
completed. The door was adopted almost uni- 
versally, by all construction companies, and 
has steadily increased in favor. The plant is 
perhaps the largest and most important in 
Jamestown. Mr. Dahlstrom took personal and 
active part in the business, which he lived to 
see in most successful operation. He had great 
influence with men, and the happy faculty of 
making his employees his friends. He was 
held in the highest esteem among his business 
associates, and was consulted on important me- 
chanical matters, by those who knew him only 
by reputation. The ideas he advanced and 
proved are still held valuable in the mechanical 
world, where his death was deeply deplored. 
Letters of sympathy and regret, at his death, 
were sent the family by individuals and asso- 
ciations, who keenly felt the loss of so valuable 
a counselor. The employees of the factory 
petitioned that they be allowed to refrain from 
work and attend the funeral in a body, which 
was done. Many noted personages, from a 
distance, attended the services, and the various 
civil and patriotic orders attended in a body. 
The funeral services were held at the Lutheran 



church, and the body laid at rest in Lake View 

A peculiar characteristic of Mr. Dahlstrom, 
who was a very quiet reserved man, was his 
friendliness for every person connected with 
his plant, from the humblest to the highest, all 
felt him their friend. He was a member of 
the Lutheran church; the Independent Order 
of Odd Fellows, Mt. Tabor Lodge, and of 
Jamestown Lodge, Knights of Pythias. Polit- 
ically he was a Republican. His residence, in 
Jamestown, was a beautiful modern mansion, 
on Second street, which his family continues to 

He married, at Jamestown, New York, Oc- 
tober 20, 1900, his pastor, Rev. Julius Lincoln, 
officiating, Anna Elf rida Phillips Petersen, bom 
in Stockholm, Sweden, March 10, 1873, daugh- 
ter of John Phillips and Matilda (Fagerstrom) 
Petersen. Her father was born in Sweden, 
May I, 1839, died August 2T, 1878. He was 
by trade a stonemason, a member of the Luth- 
eran church, and a man highly respected in his 
community. He married, in 1863, Matilda 
Fagerstrom, born December 21, 1841, died 
April 2, 1904. She was a devoted Christian 
mother, and, with her husband, is buried in 
the new cemetery, Stockholm, Sweden. Their 
children were: i. Augusta, married John Burk- 
land, of Jamestown, New York, and has Mar- 
garette and Vivian. 2. Anton Phillips, mar- 
ried Augusta Ax, and has Peirede and Rose. 
3. Amanda, married Charles Johnson, of James- 
town, and has Norman and Chester. 4. Anna 
Elfrida Phillips, married Charles P. Dahlstrom. 
5. Elma, a nurse in the Woman's Christian As- 
sociation Hospital, at Jamestown. These chil- 
dren of John Phillips Petersen, after coming to 
the United States, dropped the Petersen, taking 
their father's middle name as their surname, 
and are known as Phillips. Anna Elfrida Phil- 
lips Petersen was educated in the schools of 
Stockholm, and, after coming to the United 
States, March 6, 1892, took special instruction 
in English. A brother and two sisters had 
preceded her, and these she found in James- 
town. She is a woman of devoted Christian 
character and held in the highest esteem by a 
large circle of friends. In 1900 she married 
Charles P. Dahlstrom, whom she survives. 
Children, both born in Jamestown, New York : 
Phyllis Matilda Margarette, bom July 13, 
1901 ; Frederick Phillips, born September 7, 

Among the many families, bearing 
HALL the name Hall, who came to New 

England, at an early date, was John 
Hall, who came from Coventry, Warwickshire, 
England, in 1630, to Charlestown, Massachu- 
setts, probably in the fleet with Governor Win- 
throp. Coventry is about ninety-five miles 
northwest of London. It is not known whether 
he had a family then or not, but probably not, 
as he must have been not over twenty-cwie 
years of age. His name is nineteenth on the 
list of church members of the First Church, of 
Charlestown, at its organization, July 30, 1630. 
There was then no church in Boston, but, in 
1632, a majority of its members, being then on 
that side of the Charles river, they caused its 
removal, and it became the First Church, of 
Boston. The remaining members organized a 
church in Charlestown, November 2, 1632, con- 
sisting of sixteen men, their wives and three 
unmarried men. Among this number was John 
Hall and his wife Bethia. He was made a 
freeman, May 14, 1634. There is little doubt 
that he resided in Barnstable in 1640. He was 
recorded as able to bear arms in 1643, and Mr. 
Paine, the historian of Harwich, Massachu- 
setts, said that John Hall was an inhabitant of 
Barnstable after 1647, and that he was a resi- 
dent of Yarmouth in 1653. Barnstable and 
Yarmouth joined each other and were both 
incorporated as towns in 1639. That part of 
Yarmouth where John Hall lived was set off 
as a separate town in 1793, and named "Den- 
nis." It is supposed he moved on the HaM 
homestead, in Dennis, in 1641. He was a man 
of good character, but held little public office. 
As to the number of children had by John HalU 
of Yarmouth, it is believed that he had twelve 
sons, although the names of but ten are known. 
A great deal of oral testimony goes to prove 
that there were twelve sons and no daughters. 
Five of these were probably the children of his 
first wife, Bethia, but a record is found of only 
two, which are among the baptisms at Charles- 
town, John and Shebar. The children, baptized 
at Yarmouth, beginnings with Joseph, were the 
sons of the second wife, Elizabeth. John Hall 
made his will, July 15, 1694, and it was pro- 
bated August 29, 1696. In it he mentions eight 
sons. He died July 23, 1696, and was buried 
on his farm. 

Children: i. Samuel, birth date not known, 
but probably before the birth of John, and 
there might have been two others bom before 



1637, of whwn no mention is made. Samuel 
married Elizabeth Pollard, of Barnstable, who 
survived him, and married (second), April 27, 

1699, Nathaniel Jones. They had no children, 
and Samuel willed his property to his widow 
and seven brothers, John, Joseph, Nathaniel, 
Gershom, William, Benjamin and Elisha. 2. 
John, born in Charlestown, 1637, was baptized 
March 13, 1638, died in Yarmouth, Massachu- 
setts, October 14, 1710. He married Priscilla 
Bcarse,-iand had nine children. 3. Shebar, bap- 
tized December 9, 1639, died young. Children 
by second wife, baptized in Yarmouth: 4. Jo- 
seph, July 3, 1642, died May 31, 17 16. He 
settled in Mansfield, Connecticut, as did others 
of the family. He left no children. 5. Benja- 
min, died in infancy. 6. Nathaniel, baptized 
February 8, 1646. He was a distinguished 
military officer ; fought, as captain, under Colo- 
nel Church, September 10, 1689, i" defense of 
Falmouth, Maine, and, November 19, 1689, it 
was ordered that Captain Nathaniel Hall take 
charge, as commander-in-chief, of the forces 
that are left for the defense of Scarborough, 
Falmouth and Saco, Maine. He was a landed 
proprietor of Harwich, Massachusetts, before 

1700, an innkeeper in Yarmouth, where he re- 
sided many years; be also practiced medicine 
to some extent ; he resided in Hingham, Massa- 
chusetts, and finally removed to Lewiston, 
Pennsylvania, near the Delaware river, where 
he was said to be living in 1716. He married 
Anna, daughter of Rev. Thomas Thornton, of 
Yarmouth; no issue. 7. Gershom, baptized 
March 5, 1648, died October 31, 1732. He 
was a millwright ; removed to Harwich, Massa- 
chusetts, was chosen selectman in 1710, and 
held office for thirteen years. He was chosen 
representative to the general court in 17 12, 
and continued in office three years. He mar- 
ried (first), about 1668, Bethia, daughter of 
Edward Bangs, (second) Martha Bramball, of 
Hingham ; had five children. 8. William, bap- 
tized June 8, 1650, died June 11, 1727. He re- 
moved to Norwich, Connecticut, afterward to 
Mansfield, where he held the rank of captain, 
and died. He married Esther or Hester, the 
name being given three ways in the records, 
but without a surname. They had four chil- 
dren. 9. Benjamin, baptized May 29, 1653, 
died August 7, 1737 (found dead in his bed). 
He was a soldier of the Second Narragansett 
Expedition. He settled in Harwich, Massa- 
chusetts, later in Mansfield, Connecticut. He 
married, February 7, 1678, Mehitable, daugh- 

ter of James Matthews, of Yarmouth. Three 
children are recorded. 10. Elisha, of further 

(H) Elisha, youngest child of John Hall, 
the immigrant, and his second wife, Elizabeth, 
was bom in 1655. Dr. Savage says that "Ben- 
jamin and Elisha Hall were living in 1733, 
eighty years of age." In 1716 he was called 
Ensign Elisha Hall, and lived in Dennis, the 
east precinct of Yarmouth. He was chosen 
representative of Yarmouth, in 1703, and con- 
tinued in office for five years. He married 

Lydia . Children : i. Ebenezer, married 

Mehitable Eldridge, and lived in Yarmouth; 
three children. 2. Elisha, of further mention. 
3. Tabitha, born December 18, 1683. 4. Judah, 
bom September 18, 1685; married and had 
seven children. 5. Bathsheba, born about 1687 ; 
married, October 27, 1709, Joseph Crowell. 6. 
Phebe, bom March 3, 1689. 7. Job, born Sep- 
tember 10 or 14, 1 69 1. 8. Sylvanus, born May 

17. 1693. 

(HI) Elisha (2), son of Elisha (i) and 
Lydia Hall, was bom June 16, 1682, and lived 
in Yarmouth. He married Mary Hawes or 
Howes. He had three sons and seven daugh- 
ters. The names of sons only are given: i. 
Elisha, of further mention. 2. Joshua, born 
April 18, 1717, died February 24, 1800; mar- 
ried, October 4, 1744, Temperance Nye, and 
had ten children. 3. Stephen, bom July 26, 

(IV) Elisha (3), eldest son of Elisha (2) 
and Mary (Hawes or Howes) Hall, was bom 
August 26, 1 7 10, died in Hopkinton, Massa- 
chusetts, February 25, 1794. He removed to 
Hopkinton, about 1740, where he followed the 
occupation of a farmer. He married,* in 1742; 
Elizabeth Young. Of his eight children but 
two reached years of maturity, John and Will- 

(V) William, son of Elisha (3) and Eliza- 
beth (Young) Hall, was born in Hopkinton^ 
Massachusetts, June i, 1753; died in Dover, 
September 28, 1828. He settled in the town 
of Wardsboro, now Dover, Vermont, where he 
followed farming. He served in the revolu- 
tionary war, in Captain Baker's Upton com- 
pany, and afterwards held a captain's com- 
mission in the Vermont militia. He married, 
August 29, 1781, Abigail Pease, born May 3, 
i759> 2it Upton, Massachusetts, daughter of 
Josiah and Lydia Pease. After the death of 
her husband she went to Chautauqua county. 
New York, and resided with her sons. She 



was thrown from a carriage and injured, from 
the effects of which she died at the home of 
her son Elisha, in Jamestown, September 21, 
1836. Their children were: i. Samuel, of fur- 
ther mention. 2. Lydia, born June 24, 1784, 
died May 29, 1785. 3. Lydia, born December 
10, 1785, died March 9, 1865, in Jamestown, 
New York; married, September 26, 1805, Eben- 
ezer Davis, born May 18, 1779, died January 

9, 1846. 4. Lewis, born July 29, 1788, in 
Dover, Vermont, died March 4, 1871, in same 
place; married, December 31, 181 1, Lucy Beals, 
born June 4, 1788, died July 14, 1827. 5. 
James, born July 16, 1790, in Dover, Vermont, 
died in Kiantone, New York, August 21, 1846; 
he married (first), in Dover, Vermont, Polly 
Cheney, born March 14, 1791, died October 
31, 1828, in Kiantone; married (second), Sep- 
tember 4, 1829, Abigail Tyler Cheney, bom 
February 13, 1803, died April i, 1830; married 
(third), October 10, 1830, Maria Cheney, born 
July 12, 1806, died January 17, 1903, in James- 
town, New York. 6. Mary, born January 5, 
1792, in Wardsboro, Vermont, died October 
13, 1846, in Utica, New York; married Imri 
Perry, born in Wardsboro, Vermont, March 
19, 1787, died in Kiantone, June 17, 1864, son 
of Abner and Anna (Phipps) Perry. 7. Will- 
iam, born August 17, 1793, 5" Dover, Vermont, 
died July 6, 1880, in Jamestown, New York; 
married, July 4, 1828, Julia, bom May 31, 
1802, died January 18, 1888, in Jamestown, 
New York, daughter of Solomon and Qarissa 
(Hay ward) Jones. 8. Josiah, born March 16, 
1795, died April i, 1877, in Warren, Pennsyl- 
vania; married. May 16, 1828, Eunice Payne 
Berry, who died July 15, 1876. 9. Abigail, 
bom March 2, 1797, died December 17, 1797. 

10. Elisha, born December 19, 1799, died No- 
vember 1, 1853, in Warren, Pennsylvania ; mar- 
ried Mary D. Foote. 11. Irene, born Decem- 
ber 13, 1801, died October 12, 1827, in Wards- 
boro, Vermont; married Silas Dexter. 12. 
Orris, bom September 22, 1804, in Wardsboro, 
Vermont, died November 3, 1881, in Warren, 
Pennsylvania; married, August 10, 1830, in 
Warren, Eliza Knox Hackney, born February 
18, 1809, died March 15, 1885. Between the 
vears 181 7 and 1820 six of these sons, Samuel, 
James, William, Josiah, Elisha and Orris, set- 
tled in Chautauqua county. New York, or in 
the neighboring county across the Pennsylvania 
line, Warren, where they engaged in lumbering 
along the Allegheny river and tributary streams. 

(VI) Samuel, son of William and Abigail 

(Pease) Hall, was born December 19, 1782, 
in Wardsboro, Vermont, died in Busti, New 
York, October 22, 1859. He resided in Wards- 
boro until 1814, when he settled on a farm in 
Busti, where his death occurred, also that of 
his wife. They purchased the farm of the 
Holland Land Company, and it is still in the 
possession of the family. He also engaged in 
lumbering. He married, in Wardsboro, Ver- 
mont, Susanna Davis, born October 31, 1783, 
died July 25, 1858, daughter of Samuel and 
Deborah (Chapin) Davis. Children: i. Sam- 
uel Davis, born August i, 1806, in Wardsboro, 
Vermont, died April 10, 1866, in Warren, Penn- 
sylvania ; married, October 23, 1 831, in Warren, 
Louisa Ballard, born in Wardsboro, October 
29, 1 81 2, died in Warren, September 2, 1894. 
2. Elona, bom December 26, 1807, in Wards- 
boro, died May 25, 1838, in Warren ; married, 
in Busti, New York, Aury Aylesworth. 3. 
Edson, born May 23, 1810, in Wardsboro, died 
March 9, 1843, i" Busti; married Minerva 
Marvin, born June i, 1808, died November 29, 
1844. 4. Deborah Chapin, born February 16, 
1812, in Wardsboro, died August i, 1836, in 
Jamestown, New York; married, July 3, 1831, 
Nathan Lazelle Sears, who died January 5, 
1887, in Gibson City, Illinois. 5. John Adams, 
of further mention. 6. Chapin, born July 12, 
1816, in Busti, died September 12, 1879, in 
Jamestown, New York ; married, November 2, 
1837, Susan Bostwick, born July 16, 1817. 7. 
James Monroe, born October 26, 1824, in Busti, 
died there, May 11, 1837. 

( VH) John Adams, son of Samuel and Sus- 
anna (Davis) Hall, was born in Wardsboro, 
Vermont, December 27, 181 3; died in James- 
town, New York, January 29, 1886. He was 
an infant in arms when his parents settled in 
Busti, Chautauqua county, New York, where 
his boyhood days were passed. He was edu- 
cated in the public schools, and shared with 
his father the labors of the farm until he was 
sixteen years of age. He then located in War- 
ren, Warren county, Pennsylvania, where, for 
eighteen years, he was engaged in merchandis- 
ing. Ten years of this time he was postmaster 
of Warren. In 1849, at the solicitation of his 
parents, he closed out his Warren interests at 
a sacrifice, and returned to the old homestead, 
in Busti, to care for his aged father and mother, 
an act of filial love and devotion that speaks 
the character of the man. He remained in 
Busti until 1872, engaging much in public life 
and in farming. During the civil war he held 



the position of clerk of the committee on 
claims, in the national house of representa- 
tives. While in Washington he was able to be 
of great assistance to soldiers and their fam- 
ilies, in various ways, which service he cheer- 
fully rendered. During this period he wrote 
much for the press, under the non de plume 
"Paul Pry." He was a talented writer, and 
articles, from his trenchant pen, were widely 
copied and favorably commented upon. In 
1872 he removed from Busti to Jamestown, 
New York, where, for a few years, he again 
engaged in mercantile business. In 1876 he 
purchased, from Davis H. Waite, the James- 
town Journal, which he edited, in association 
with hi3 son, Frederick Perry Hall, as business 
manager, later as partner. Under their capable 
management the Journal took front rank among 
the newspapers of Western New York, and ob- 
tained well-deserved popularity. Mr. Hall, 
while always a leader in his party (Repub- 
lican) and a moulder of public opinion, never 
sought political office for himself, nor would 
he ever allow himself to be a candidate for 
other than an occasional local office. He served 
three years on the Chautauqua county board 
of supervisors, and, at the time of his death, 
was a member, for a second term, of the James- 
town board of education. He was a man of 
the strictest integrity and unflinching courage, 
never declining an issue, and strong in his ad- 
vocacy of whatever he believed to be right and 

He married, December 21, 1834, Emily Perry, 
in Corydon, Pennsylvania, born November 17, 
1817, in Wardsboro, Vermont, died April 25, 
1889, in Jamestown, New York, daughter of 
Imri and Mary (Hall) Perry. She came, with 
her parents, to Chautauqua county. New York, 
in the early days of its settlement. Children : 
I. Marian Emily, born November 8, 1835, in 
Warren, Pennsylvania, died April 21, 1906, 
in Jamestown, New York; married, January 
'j 1855, in Busti, New York, Frederick Clap- 
sadel, of Painesville, Ohio, bom March 23, 
1819, in New Lisbon, Ohio, died in Painesville, 
May 15, 1882. 2. Infant daughter, bom Janu- 
ary II, 1838, died January 27, 1838. 3. Ann 
Eliza, born July 28, 1839, in Warren, Penn- 
sylvania. 4. Edward Livingston, born October 
I, 1841, in Warren, Pennsylvania; married, 
February 6, 1867, in Frewsburg, New York, 
Charlotte Parker, born June 14, 1845. 5. Charles 
Henri, bom March 15, 1844, in Warren, Penn- 
sylvania, died in Leadville, Colorado, August 

3, 1881. 6. John Adams Jr., born October 4, 
1845, *" Warren, Pennsylvania; married, June 
6, 1877, in Frewsburg, New York, Felicia 
Grace Parker, born September 22, 1847, ^^ 
Frewsburg. 7. Irene Axtell, born July 27,. 
1850, in Busti, New York. 8. Frederick Perry^ 
of further mention. 

(VIII) Frederick Perry, son of John Adams 
and Emily (Perry) Hall, was born November 
8, 1859, on a farm in the town 6f Busti, about 
three miles from Jamestown, New York. He 
received his education in the Jamestown Union 
School and Collegiate Institute. He entered 
the business office of the Jamestown Journal, 
at the time his father purchased the paper, in 
1876, and early assumed the business manage- 
ment, and, before attaining his majority, was 
an equal partner in ownership. Since the death 
of his father he has continued editor and pub- 
lisher of the Journal, which is concededly of 
the highest standing and influence in Western 
New York. After the death of his father he 
formed the Journal Printing Company, first 
as a partnership, incorporating in 1894, since 
which time has served as president and general 
manager; president of Journal Press, incor- 
porated, a job and book printing establishment, 
and of Chautauqua Abstract Company, a title 
searching institution, with office at Mayville, 
the county seat; vice-president of the Union 
Trust Company, of Jamestown. Mr. Hall holds 
a prominent position in the newspaper circles 
of the state, having served as president of the 
New York Press Association, 1893-94; presi- 
dent of the New York State Republican Edi- 
torial Association in 1901 ; president of the 
New York Associated Dailies in 1908; vice- 
president of National Editorial Association in 
1909. He is a Republican in politics. He never 
sought an elective office, but served as chair- 
man of the Republican county committee the 
year Theodore Roosevelt was elected governor 
of New York, and the following year. By 
Governor Morton he was appointed to the 
board of managers of the State Hospital, at 
Buffalo, and served as vice-president of the 
board. Owing to pressure of other duties he 
declined reappointment by Governor Roose- 
velt, but afterward accepted an appointment as 
visitor to the Gowanda State Hospital, upon 
the recommendation of the State Charities Aid 
Association, which position he now holds. He 
is interested in the church and benevolent insti- 
tutions of Jamestown, having served, for more 
than twenty-five years, as vestryman of St. 



Luke's Protestant Episcopal Church, and, for 
the same length of time, as director and trustee 
of the Jamestown Young Men's Christian As- 
sociation, and trustee of Lake View Cemetery 
Association. He holds membership in the fol- 
lowing Masonic bodies: Mt. Moriah Lodge, 
Free and Accepted Masons; Western Sun 
Chapter. Royal Arch Masons ; Jamestown Com- 
mandery, Knights Templar; Ismailia Shrine, 
Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic 
Shrine ; Buffalo Consistory, Scottish Rite bodies. 
He is also a member of Jamestown Lodge, 
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the 
Jamestown Club, Lakewood Country Club, 
Lakewood (jolf Club. 

Mr. Hall married*, in Jamestown, New York, 
September 12, 1883, Lucy H. Mason, bom 
April 27, 1 861, daughter of Levant L. and 
Eunice S. Mason. Levant L. Mason was born 
at Clarence, Erie county. New York, December 
25, 1826, died at Jamestown, February 13. 
191 1, son. of Belden B. and Mercy (Whit- 
comb) Mason. He conducted a jewelry store 
in Jamestown for a continuous period of sixty 
years, retiring in 1909. Devoted to the art of 
free-hand engraving he could not give up the 
work that he had followed so capably for so 
many years, even when the affliction of years 
and the infirmities of age were upon him. 
Until within a few weeks of his death he 
would frequently take up his engraver's out- 
fit, and, at the age of eighty-four years, was 
able to carve upon gold or silver, as dainty and 
perfect characters, in script or old English, as 
ever came from the engraver's hands. He 
served, at various times, on the board of village 
trustees, for a number of years on the board 
of education and in other public capacities. 
He was a devoted churchman, and, for more 
than half a century, served as vestryman and 
warden of St. Luke's Protestant Episcopal 

He married, at Rochester, New York, May 
9, 1850, Eunice Stevens. Children: i. Henri 
Mason, born December 19, 1884; graduate of 
Phillips Exeter Academy and Harvard Uni- 
versity, class of 1906; business manager and 
treasurer of Journal Printing Company. 2. 
levant Mason, born December 25. 1886; grad- 
uate of Williams College, class of 1909; ad- 
vertising manager of Jamcstozvn Journal. 3. 
Frederick Perry Jr., born April 7, 1891 ; Cor- 
nell, class of 1914. 4. Charles Edward, born 
February 22, 1900. 5. John A., born February 

7. 1903- 

Although the father of the 
MARSHALL present generation of Mar- 
shall in Jamestown, New 
York, was born in Scotland, but three years of 
his life were spent there, his childhood and 
youthful manhood having been passed in Eng- 

(I) John Marshall was bom in Scotland. 
1822, died 1865. He was land steward, in 
charge of large estates, both in Scotland and 
England. In 1855 ^^ removed to England, 
where he died, his wife surviving him and 
dying at age of seventy years. He married 
Allison Hogg. Children: Thomas, resides in 
England: James, late of New Castle, Penn- 
sylvania ; John, formerly of New Castle, sup- 
posed to have returned to England; Andrew, 
of further mention. 

(II) Andrew, son of John and Allison 
(Hogg) Marshall, was born in Scotland, De- 
cember 13, 1852. When he was but three 
years of age his parents removed to New- 
castle-upon-Tyne, England, where he obtained 
his education. At an early age he was appren- 
ticed to a tailor, served the full English term 
of apprenticeship — seven years — and has ever 
since followed that occupation. In 1865 his 
father died and Andrew, then but thirteen 
years of age, became his mother's protector 
and support. In 1878 he came to the United 
States, reaching here on February 10. He 
first IcKated in Qeveland, Ohio, where he re- 
mained six months, then removed to Wampum, 
Pennsylvania, where he opened a merchant 
tailoring establishment, and remained eighteen 
months. After a short time spent in Wheeling. 
West Virginia, he located in New Castle, Penn- 
sylvania, where he was in business seven years. 
He was next successively two years at Mead- 
ville, Pennsylvania ; Sidney, Ohio, nine years : 
Charleston. West Virginia, one year; Paris, 
TcNas, a short time ; Kirksville, Missouri, three 
years, and, in 1905, located at Jamestown, New 
York, his present home. His business is gen- 
eral merchant tailoring, at which he is an ex- 
pert. He is a member of the Baptist church, 
and of the Masonic order. He married, Feb- 
ruary 2, 1 88 1, Elizabeth Jane Baird, born at 
Mount Jackson, Lawrence county, Pennsyl- 
vania, February 27, 1852, daughter of John 
W. and Elizabeth Ann (Steel) Baird. John 
W. Baird was born at Mount Jackson, Penn- 
sylvania, where he was in business as a har- 
ness maker and dealer, also owning and oper- 
ating a farm. He was a member of the Bap- 



tist church, and a Democrat; married Eliza- 
beth Ann, daughter of Richard and Elizabeth 
( Davis) Steel. Children : Julia, deceased ; An- 
drew, living ; Elizabeth Jane, married Andrew 
Marshall; John; Thomas; Mary, deceased; 
Danforth, deceased ; Emma. He was a son of 
Andrew Baird, born in Ireland. He came to the 
United States about 1800, and settled near Hills- 
ville, Lawrence county, Pennsylvania, where he 
purchased a farm of one hundred acres. He was 
reared in the Presbyterian church, but, in later 
years, both he and wife united with the Bap- 
tist church. He married Mary Hood. He 
died at age of eighty-eight, she at eighty-seven 
years. Both are buried in the Hillsville ceme- 
tery. They had nine children, one of whom 
was John W. Baird, of previous mention. 
Richard Steel, bom in eastern Pennsylvania or 
New Jersey, was a resident of Hillsville, Law- 
rence county, Pennsylvania, where his parents 
settled. He was a small farmer, and a soldier 
of the war of 1812. He died at age of forty- 
seven yekrs. He married Elizabeth, daughter 
of John J. Davis, a well-known and capable 
school teacher of Lawrence county. Chil- 
dren : Mary, Jane, John, Eleanor J., Sarah ; 
Elizabeth Ann. married John W. Baird, and 

(HI) John Steel Baird, son of Andrew and 
Elizabeth Jane (Baird) Marshall, was born at 
Xew Castle, Pennsylvania, December 3, 1883. 
He received a good English education and 
chose, as his profession, the art of healing. 
Pioth he and his mother entered the American 
School of Osteopathy, at Kirkville, Missouri, 
from whence they were graduated in 1905. 
After receiving licenses they began practice in 
(Ireenville, Pennsylvania, shortly afterward re- 
moving to Jamestown, Xew York, where they 
are well established in finely furnished offices, 
at 503 West Third street. Dr. Marshall is a 
member of the Baptist church, and of Mt. 
Moriah Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons. 

He married, December 28, 1910, Bessie 
Louise Hall, born at Charleston, West Vir- 
ginia, March 31, 1885, daughter of Captain 
Ambrose C. and Charlotte (Killinger) Hall. 
Captain Hall was born about 1850, of Irish 
ancestry, and is now engaged in the insurance 
business, in Charleston, West Virginia. He 
married Charlotte Killinger, born 1858, of Ger- 
man ancestry. Their second daughter, Hallie 
May, is unmarried, and resides at home. 

This name is of frequent occur- 
BROWN rence in early New England rec- 
ords. One hundred and twenty- 
seven Browns emigrated to America prior to 
1700; over thirteen hundred, a regiment in 
themselves, served in the revolution from Mas- 
sachusetts alone. According to the "Heralds 
College," England, the Browns and Brownes 
have been granted one hundred and fifty-six 
coats-of-arms. The name has many ortho- 
graphic peculiarities. The first Brown was so 
called because of his dark, swarthy complex- 
ion : Browning was the son of Brown ; Brow- 
nell was the mighty Brown: Brownlee, the 
Brown whose house was in a pasture : Brown- 
low, the Brown who lived on a hill. Various 
other forms Boown, Bown, Braun, Broun, 
Browne, Brownn, Brune and Brown. The 
name has been borne in the United States by 
men of mark in law, politics, business and let- 
ters, including the great Abolitionist, John 
Brown, whose "Soul is marching on." Brown 
University owes its existence to the Browns of 
Rhode Island, while in every state the name 
is an honored one. 

(I) Edward Browne was of Ipswich, 1654- 
60; was marshal, 1656-59. He married Faith 
, and died February 9, 1659-60, in Ips- 
wich. His wife survived him and married 
(second) Daniel Warner. Children of Ed- 
ward Browne : Joseph, John, Thomas, Barthol- 
omew and two daughters. 

( II ) Joseph Brown, son of Edward Browne, 
was born about 1639. He was a farmer and 
turner, and lived in Ipswich, where he died, 
September 30, 1694. He married, February 
2^, 1671, Hannah Asselbie, who survived him. 
Children, bom at Ipswich : Joseph, John, Han- 
nah ; Thomas, of further mention ; Elizabeth, 
Samuel, Benjamin and Sarah. 

(III) Sergeant Thomas Brown, son of Jo- 
seph Brown, was born in Ipswich, December 
26, 1678; died at the Hamlet, June 27, 1767. 
He married Abigail Jacobs, intentions dated 
1704. She died 1735. Children, born in Ips- 
wich: Mary; Thomas, of further mention; 
Ephraim, died young; Jacob; Edward; Eph- 
raim (2) ; Nathaniel : Daniel, and Abigail. 

(IV) Thomas (2), son of Sergeant Thomas 
(i) Brown, was born in Ipswich, July 7, 1707. 
He emigrated to Windham, Connecticut, where 
he died January 10, 1773. He was a farmer. 
He married (second), in Windham, Sarah 



Bishop, and had three sons and three daugh- 

(V) Colonel Daniel Brown, son of Thomas 
(2) Brown, was born in Windham, Connecti- 
cut, January 13, 1747; died at his mansion, 
near Hebron, Connecticut, June 18, 1832. Dur- 
ing his early manhood he was a merchant, but, 
in consequence of the revolutionary war, gave 
up business and filled the position of deputy 
commissioner, under General Jonathan Trum- 
bull, which station he held to the close of the 
revolution, when he retired to a farm near 
Hebron, where he resided until his death. On 
leaving the service Colonel Brown received his 
dues from the government in "public secur- 
ities," which later greatly appreciated in value, 
providing a generous fund for the education 
of his children and a competence for his old 

He married, in his twenty-fourth year, a 
daughter of Captain Ichabod Phelps, of Heb- 
ron. She survived him, continuing to reside at 
the family mansion, with her son Thomas, until 
her death, August 10, 1837, aged eighty-two 
years six months, having been blind for the 
last twenty years of her life. Sons (perhaps 
not in order of birth) : i. Daniel Bishop, grad- 
uate of Yale College, 1800; studied law; set- 
tled in Batavia, New York, and became one of 
the ablest lawyers of Western New York. He 
died at Batavia, July 7, 1842. 2. Henry, grad- 
uate of Yale, 1808; studied law; settled first 
at Springfield, New York; removed to Herki- 
mer county, where he became the first judge 
of the county. Later he removed to Batavia, 
New York, thence to Chicago, Illinois, where 
he died in 1849, ^^^ sixty years, leaving a 
family. Judge Brown wrote a book, "Anti- 
Masonry," and a history of the state of Illinois, 
both of which were published. 3. Thomas, was 
a farmer. After the other sons left he return- 
ed to the old homestead and cared for his aged 
parents. He became quite wealthy, and died 
August 13, 1851, aged sixty-eight years, leav- 
ing the farm to his son, Thomas L. Brown. 4. 
Samuel A., of further mention. 5. Ephraim, 
studied medicine; received his degree M. D., 
and settled at Batavia, New York, where he 
died May 13, 1836, aged thirty-nine years. 

(VI) Samuel A., son of Colonel Daniel 
Brown, was born at Hebron, Connecticut, 1795 J 
died at Jamestown, New York, Sunday, June 
7, 1863. He was well educated and studied 
Latin and surveying, under very capable in- 
structors. He was intended for a farmer, but 

his preference was for the law. His parents 
yielded a reluctant consent, and, in August, 
1813, he left home and journeyed to Spring- 
field, New York, where his brother Henry was 
practicing law. He was then eighteen years 
of age, and, from then until he was twenty- 
one, he studied to prepare for his profession, 
excepting three months he taught a district 
school in Springfield, and a few weeks, in 18 14, 
when he marched with the Otsego militia to 
Sacket Harbor, where the company was soon 
discharged. While in Springfield he practiced 
considerably in the justice's courts. In Octo- 
ber, 1816, he left Springfield, on horseback, 
with an entire capital of eighty dollars. He 
visited his brother, Daniel B., in Batavia, then 
went as far west as Painesville, Ohio, then re- 
turned to New York state, and, in November, 
1 8 16, located in Jamestown, Chautauqua coun- 
ty, then recently named, containing only a few 
unfinished houses, no postoffice or mail facil- 
ities, amid a forest of tall timber, but with a 
fine water power and without a lawyer. He 
had not been admitted to practice in any court 
of record, but the Chautauqua county court 
of common pleas being in session at Mayville, 
he applied for admission, on examination pass- 
ed, was admitted to the Chautauqua county 
bar, and was the first lawyer to settle in James- 
town, then just becoming known by that name, 
heretofore having been called "the Rapids or 
Prendergast Mills." The nearest lawyer was 
at Mayville, twenty-two miles away. His first 
office was in the lower northeast room of the 
unfinished two-story house, on the southeast 
corner of Main and Third streets. His genial 
and unassuming manners gave him a ready 
introduction to the people, and "Squire Brown" 
soon became the oracle of law in the village, 
and at once gained considerable business in 
justice's courts, and was usually employed by 
one of the parties in suit in the vicinity in the 
court of common pleas. He frequently travel- 
ed to neighboring towns, on horseback, carry- 
ing a few law books in his saddle bags, to at- 
tend suits in justice's courts, and was reputed 
fairly successful, but, having been admitted to 
practice in the supreme court, he made the 
necessary arrangements, with Jacob Houghton, 
then of Mayville, by which he certified his con- 
tinued clerkship, and, on October 31, 1818, he 
was admitted as an attorney of the supreme 
court. His counselor's license, in that court, 
bears date, April 17, 1827. 

In 1817 he purchased, of his early friend 

Wn^t d Ji)a.<9'-r,. 



and patron, Judge Prendergast, five improved 
village lots, on the west side of Main street, 
where he built his first law office, and later 
his dwelling house, both of which he owned 
at the time of his death. He was appointed a 
justice of the peace in 1818, and held the office 
about four years. He was the principal magis- 
trate of the village, and did a large and profit- 
able business, gaining the reputation of an 
honest and impartial justice. In 1824 he was 
licensed as a counselor, in the court of equity, 
by Judge Rochester. On March 28, 1825, he 
was appointed master in chancery, an office he 
held, by reappointments, about twenty years. 
In the same month and year he was appointed 
brigade judge advocate, under General Horace 
Allen, which office he resigned in 1828. In 
1827 he was admitted a counselor in the court 
of chancery. In 1828 he was appointed district 
attorney, by the judges of the county court, 
holding that office for ten years. The same 
year he was appointed agent of the Cherry 
Valley Land Company, by which he had the 
sale of about forty thousand acres of land, in 
Chautauqua county. In 1858 he was elected 
special surrogate of Chautauqua county. Dur- 
ing his law practice he had as partner Richard 
P. Marvin, later a judge of the supreme court; 
George W. Tew, and, in succession, his sons, 
Charles C, Theodore and Levant B., were his 
law partners. He probably drew more pension 
papers, for revolutionary and other pensioners, 
than any other attorney in the county, and lived 
to see all of that class of his old friends pass 

He first entered public political life in 1824, 
when he was nominated, by the Clinton party, 
for the state assembly, and, although his party 
was in the minority, he came within two votes 
of being elected. In 1826 he was again nomi- 
nated and elected, by a majority of seventy , 
votes. In 1828 he was elected one of the trus- 
tees of the village of Jamestown, and by them 
elected president. In 1838 he was elected 
superintendent of the poor of the county, serv- 
ing five years. In 1843 ^^ was nominated, by 
the Whigs, for the assembly, and defeated, al- 
though running, as he always did, far ahead 
of his ticket. In 1844 he was again nominated, 
and elected by a large majority. He was chair- 
man of the committee of "Aliens," and per- 
formed some very important work for the 
state. On the organization of the Chautauqua 
County Bank, in 183 1, he was elected a director, 
and continued as such until his death, being 

2— w 

also attorney for the bank. He took an active 
part in the incorporation of the Jamestown 
Academy, and the erection of suitable build- 
ings for the same. He served as one of the 
trustees for the academy from its organization 
until his death, and, during the latter years, 
was president of the board. 

He was converted in March, 1834, and April 
6, of that year, with his son, Charles C, united 
with the Presbyterian church. He was one of 
the incorporators of the First Presbyterian 
Society, of Jamestown, frequently served as 
trustee and was always a liberal contributor to 
its support. February 9, 1849, he was elected 
an elder, holding that office until his death. 
He frequently attended the meetings of the 
Buffalo Presbytery, and, on one or more occa- 
sions, represented that body in the general 
assembly of the Presbyterian church. He also 
represented Buffalo Presbytery, one or more 
years, as commissioner of Auburn Theological 
Seminary. He was always interested in the 
preservation of the early history of the settlers 
and settlements of the county, and, in 1843, 
wrote a brief history of Chautauqua county, 
which appeared in the Jamestown Journal, 
later in book form. In 1847 he delivered a 
course of lectures on the history of the town 
of Ellicott, before the students of Jamestown 
Academy and others. In 1840 he became a 
life member of the Chautauqua County Bible 
Society, and was a life member of all the 
county benevolent societies. He frequently 
delivered public lectures, in favor of total ab- 
stinence, and became one of the most efficient 
temperance advocates of the county. He was 
a member of the First Independent Rifle Com- 
pany, organized in Jamestown, in 1818, and 
was appointed captain, April 24, of that year. 

He was made a Mason in Mt. Moriah Lodge, 
in Jamestown, in 1817; was elected treasurer 
in 1820, and held that office for many years. 
He transacted a large legal business, and no 
attorney at the bar prepared his causes for 
trial with more care. His library was the best 
of any attorney in the vicinity, and he was 
always fortified behind an authority. In poli- 
tics, in early days, he usually voted with the 
Federalists, afterward with the Clintonian and 
Whig parties. He joined in the election of 
President Lincoln, and gave him his hearty 

He married, March 7, 1819, Prudence Olivia 
Cotes, bom January 18, 1799, daughter of Cap- 
tain John Cotes, innkeeper and farmer of 



Springfield, New York. She died August 31, 
1862, having over-exerted herself in trying to 
save their household furniture at the time of 
the great fire in Jamestown, January 31, 1861. 
She came to Jamestown soon after their mar- 
riage, and commenced housekeeping in the rear 
room of his law office, which was then kitchen, 
parlor, pantry and bedroom, with an outdoor 
fire by the side of a large pine stump, in the 
rear of the office, having a temporary board 
roof over it, where she did the cooking for her 
family and several of the mechanics who were 
engaged in erecting their dwelling house. This 
stump was long preserved by Mr. and Mrs. 
Brown, as a memento of the past, and he was 
fond of showii^ it to his friends, as Mrs. 
Brown's first kitchen. She was a devoted 
Christian, and was one of the most efficient 
members of the Congregational church, and 
afterward of the Presbyterian. Her house was 
a hospitable and welcome one to visiting min- 
isters in the early days, and for practical good 
sense, sound judgment and firmness of pur- 
pose perhaps she had no superior in the church 
of which she was a member. Mr. and Mrs. 
Brown were the parents of eleven children, 
five of whom died in childhood. 

Children of Samuel A. Brown who survived 
childhood: i. Charles C, married Eliza Jane 
Hoskins; he died in 1847, ^iged twenty-six 
years; children: Charles O. and Evelyn, de- 
ceased. 2. Levant B., a lawyer of Jamestown 
until his death, in 1875; he married Florinda 
M. Barrett; no living issue. 3. Theodore, a 
lawyer of Jamestown ; married Minnie Knowl- 
ton; no living issue. 4. Henry E., of further 
mention. 5. Margaret P., married Salathiel 
Batcheller; children: Eva B. and Levant B. ; 
this family settled at Victor, Iowa. 6. John T., 
married Samantha C. NeflF; children: Samuel 
A., Louis, George W., these are living ; Bessie, 

(VH) Henry E., son of Samuel A. Brown, 
was born in Jamestown, New York, October 
4, 1826; died there, January 13, 1897. He was 
educated in the city schools, and was the junior 
member of Crosby & Brown, who established 
a steam tannery in Jamestown, in 1851. Later 
he operated a general store at Clear Creek, 
Chautauqua county, which he sold, and, in 
1855, moved to Iowa City, Iowa. There he 
was assistant county clerk, and, in i860, was 
elected county clerk. At the outbreak of the 
civil war he entered the quartermaster's de- 
partment of the Army of the Cumberland, 

serving until near the close of the war, when 
he returned to Jamestown, which was his home 
until his death. He was an active member of 
the Republican party, and in religious faith he 
and his family attended the Episcopal church ; 
he was very liberal in his views. 

He married, in Jamestown, January 21, 1852, 
Helen Sprague, born at Fly Creek, Otsego 
county. New York, June 10, 1828, daughter of 
James L. Sprague, who married Mary Maria 
Badger, at Fly Creek, New York, September 
S, 1827. After his marriage Mr. Sprague lived 
in Rochester and Westfield, New York, coming 
to Jamestown about 1844, where he became a 
member of the firm of Sprague & Steel, own- 
ing and operating a foundry and machine shop 
for many years, one of the first in the city. He 
was a devoted member of the Universal ist 
church, when there were few members of that 
faith in the village. He was a strong Repub- 
lican from the organization of that party, and 
a lifelong follower of Horace Greeley, having 
taken and read the New York Tribune from 
almost its first issue. He died September 22, 
1867. Mary Maria, his wife, died January i, 
1888. Helen (Sprague) Brown was a descend- 
ant of the Sprague and Angell families of 
Rhode Island, both well known and prominent. 
Children of Henry E. Brown: Agnes, born at 
Clear Creek, Chautauqua county, New York, 
November 26, 1852, died in infancy; Charles 
Henry, of further mention. 

(VIII) Charles Henry, only son of Henry 
E and Helen (Sprague) Brown, was born in 
Iowa City, Iowa, January 31, 1861. When 
very young he was brought to Jamestown by 
his parents ; was educated in the public schools 
of that city, which has since been his home. 
He embraced journalism as a profession, has 
been reporter on several of the local papers, 
. and correspondent for New York City, Cleve- 
land and Buffalo papers. He was one of the 
earlier stenographers of the village; taught 
the first class in stenography at the Jamestown 
Business College, and, in 1899, entered the 
office of the American Aristotype Company, 
and has since been in the continuous service of 
that company and its successor, the American 
Aristotype Division of the Eastman Kodak 
Company, as office manager. He is an active 
Republican, has been delegate to many party 
conventions, and was elected clerk of the town 
of EUicott, but was legislated out of office, 
when the village became the city of Jamestown. 
He is a member of Mt. Moriah Lodge, Free 



and Accepted Masons, and of the Independent 
Congregational Church. Mr. Brown is un- 

The earliest mention of Ely, as a 
ELY family surname in England, is found 
after the Norman Conquest. The 
English **Book of Dignities" records William 
De Ely as lord treasurer for King John and 
Richard I. ; Richard De Ely, lord treasurer for 
Richard I. and Henry II. ; Ralph De Ely, baron 
of the exchequer for Henry III. ( 1240) ; Nich- 
olas De Ely, lord chancellor in 1260, lord treas- 
urer in 1263 and bishop of Worcester from 
1266 to 1289. One branch of the family is 
known to have lived at Utterby, Lincolnshire, 
from this early period down to the present day. 
L. C. R. Norris Ely being the present lord of 
the Manor of Utterby and patron of the old 
thirteenth century Church of St. Andrew, at 
that place. Wharton Dickinson, the genealo- 
gist, traces the family back to nine connections 
with Ralph De Ely, baron of the exchequer. 
The Manor House has the Ely arms (a fesse 
engrailed between six fleur-de-lis), cut in stone, 
over the entrance, dated 1639. The same arms 
are also found in the church. Another branch 
of the family is said to have settled in York- 
shire, and Burke gives arms the same, but red 
instead of black. In Bailey's History of Not- 
tinghamshire "John De Ely" is stated to have 
l^een appointed the first vicar of St. Mary's 
Collegiate Church, at Nottingham, in 1790, and 
the author adds that the name has "come down 
to the present day." Another John De Ely 
was lord of the Manor of Thornhaugh and 
Wigglesey, in Nottinghamshire, in 13 16. In 
America there are several branches of the 
family. One settled in Massachusetts, in 1634, 
another in West Jersey, in 1683. From the 
latter comes the Pennsylvania branch. 

(I) The American founder of the Elys of 
Falconer, New York, is Nathaniel Ely,, who 
came from England to America, about 1634, 
in the bark "Elizabeth." He was of Cam- 
bridge, Massachusetts, 1632; made freeman. 
May 6, 1635 ; removed the next year to Hart- 
ford, Connecticut, where he was an original 
proprietor,' and, in 1639, constable. He later 
was one of the first settlers at Norwalk, Con- 
necticut, 1651 ; representative, 1657, but re- 
inoved, three years later, to Springfield, Massa- 
chusetts, where he died, December 25, 1675. 
He was a very important man in Springfield; 
was selectman many years; served on numer- 

ous town committees ; had "ye second seat" in 
the meeting house. His widow, Martha Ely, 
died October 23, 1688. There is no record of 
his family, he left no will, and the only chil- 
dren known of are Samuel, and Ruth, who 
married Jeremy Horton. 

(II) Samuel, only son of Nathaniel and 
Martha Ely, died March 17, 1692, in Spring- 
field. He was selectman and held other town 
offices. He married, October 28, 1659, Mary, 
daughter of Robert Day, and had fifteen chil- 
dren, between 1660 and 1686, nine of whom 
died young. Mary, his widow, married (sec- 
ond), April 12, 1694, Thomas Stebbins, whom 
she survived, and married (third), December 
16, 1696, John Coleman. Children: Samuel, 
died in infancy; Joseph; Samuel (2) died 
young; Mary, died in infancy; Samuel (3); 
Nathaniel, died young ; Jonathan, died young ; 
Nathaniel, died at the age of fifteen years; 
Jonathan (2), died in 'infancy; Martha, died 
in infancy; John; Mary (2), died in infancy; 
Jonathan (3) ; Mary (3) ; Ruth. 

(III) John, eleventh child of Samuel and 
Mary (Day) Ely, was born in Springfield, 
Massachusetts, January 18, 1679. He was 
selectman in 1734. Was assessor and held 
other town offices. He married, December 30, 
1703, Mercy, daughter of Samuel (i) and 
Mary Bliss. He settled in West Springfield. 
Massachusetts, as did his brothers, Joseph and 
Samuel, who married and reared families. Chil- 
dren of John and Mercy (Bliss) Ely: Abel, 
born November 18, 1706; John, December 3, 
1707, died May 22, 1754; Reuben, of further 
mention; Abner, born September 26, 171 1; 
Mercy, January 22, 1713 ; Caleb, November 25, 
1714; Rachel, November 11, 1716; Noah, July 
4, 1721. 

( IV) Reuben, son of John and Mercy ( Bliss) 
'Ely, was born January 12, 1710. He became 
a large landowner, married, and had, among 
other children, a son Israel. 

(V) Israel, son of Reuben Ely, was born 
in West Springfield, Massachusetts. He was 
a farmer and the owner of considerable land. 
He married, and among his children were Sam- 
uel, of further mention ; John, removed to Illi- 
nois : Reuben, removed to Washington county. 
New York, settling at Hebron ; Elizabeth, mar- 
ried Henry Fuller ; Roxy, married John Prince. 

(VI) Samuel (2), son of Israel Ely, was 
born in West Springfield, Massachusetts, 1786 ; 
died February 16, 1886, and is buried, with 
his w^fe, at Levant, Chautauqua county. New 



York. He, with other members of the family, 
removed to Northern New York, settling in 
Washington county, where they took up and 
cleared a farm. Samuel Ely lived there until 
1840. He bought, from the other members of 
the family, one hundred and nine acres of the 
original tract, which he cleared and cultivated. 
In the fall of 1840 he removed to Chautauqua 
county. New York, settling in the town of Ell- 
ington, where he purchased a farm and resided 
until his death. He was a man of good edu- 
cation, supplemented by a wide range of read- 
ing. He followed farming all his life, but, in 
his reading, kept himself well informed on 
vital questions of the day. He was a member 
of the Christian church, and a highly-respected, 
well-beloved neighbor. He married (first) Re- 
becca Duell, who bore him six children. He 
married (second) Artless Clark, born in Wash- 
ington county, New York, daughter of Joseph 
Clark, of St. Lawrence county, New York. 
She lived to be ninety-six years of age. Chil- 
dren of second wife, probably not in order of 
birth: German, died aged six years; Rebecca, 
married George Bromley ; Mary, married Amos 
Barimore; Ruth, married Samuel Glidden; 
Perry, married Ann E. Strong ; Clark, married 
Cornelia Mattocks; Samuel, of further men- 
tion ; John H., married Sophia Fuller ; Eleanor, 
married Eliazer Nelson; Emeline Jane, mar- 
ried and removed to California; Sophia, de- 
ceased ; Perry, removed to Oregon ; Betsie, de- 

(VH) Samuel (3), son of Samuel (2) and 
Artless (Clark^ Ely, was born in the town of 
Hebron, Washmgton county. New York, May 
21, 1839. He was an infant when his parents 
came to Chautauqua county, where his life has 
since been spent. He was educated in the 
public schools of Ellington, where his boyhood 
days were spent. He grew up on the farm and 
has always followed that occupation. In 1861 
he enlisted, as corporal, in the Forty-ninth 
Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry, Com- 
pany K. He joined his regiment in Buffalo, 
September 16, 1861, went from there to New 
York City, to Philadelphia, to Washington, 
District of Columbia, and, in less than a week, 
was doing picket duty at "Camp Advance," 
Virginia, where the regiment remained until 
the spring of 1862, when they joined the Army 
of the Potomac, at Fortress Monroe, then 
under the command of Major-General George 
B. McClellan. Mr. Ely was with his regiment 
through all the hard campaigns and battles of 

the Army of the Potomac; was engaged at 
Centerville, siege of Yorktown, Hanover Court 
House, Mechanicsville, Gaines Hill, Turkey 
Bend, Malvern Hill, second battle of Bull Run, 
Antietam, Shepherdstown Ford, Chancellors- 
ville, Aldie, Gettysburg, Jones Cross Roads, Will- 
iamsport, Rappahannock Station, Mine Run, 
the Wilderness, Laurel Hill, Spottsylvania, 
North Anna, Bethesda Church and Appomat- 
tox. He served under two enlistments, the 
second time as sergeant. He was honorably 
discharged, December 13, 1863, and at once 
reenlisted, and was finally mustered out, June 
27, 1865. Through these fierce battles he 
escaped with but a slight scratch on the right 
shoulder, although, at Fisher's Hill fight, he 
was overcome by heat and sunstroke. After 
his return from the army he married and culti- 
vated the home farm for a time, later purchas- 
ing a farm of ninety acres in the town of Po- 
land, Chautauqua county. Here he remained 
four years, then sold and purchased a farm of 
two hundred and five acres, on which he lived 
until 1886. In the latter year he sold his farm 
and purchased a smaller one of sixty- four 
acres, which he operated until 1895. In that 
year he retired from active life, settling in the 
village of Falconer, where he built a fine resi- 
dence, which he now occupies, and another for 
his daughter, Mrs. Kate L. Davis. In 1896 he 
was appointed street commissioner of the vil- 
lage, which position he held twelve years. In 
1909 he was elected highway superintendent 
of the town of Ellicott, and held it two years, 
and is holding that position at the present time 
(191 1 ). He is a Methodist in religious faith, 
his wife a Unitarian. He belongs to James 
Brown Post, Grand Army of the Republic. 

He married, December 25, 1866, at Ellicott, 
New York, Victoria Marie Mosher, born in 
the town of Poland, Chautauqua county, Sep- 
tember 25, 1847, daughter of Ephraim and 
Harriet L. (Abbey) Mosher. Ephraim Mosher 
was born at Little Falls, New York, 1803, died 
January 16, 1875. In i860 he settled in Fal- 
coner, Chautauqua county, New York, where 
he purchased a farm of one hundred acres, and 
there followed his lifelong occupation, farm- 
ing. He also engaged in stock raising and deal- 
ing, being noted for the fine quality of his 
stock. He was a Republican in politics, and 
served as poor master. He was highly esteem- 
ed by all who knew him. He married Harriet 
L. Abbey, bom in Massachusetts, died at the 
age of eighty years. Children: Henrietta N.» 



married Robert Cowden, of Jamestown ; Vic- 
toria Marie, married Samuel Ely; Stiles B., 
married Martha Cook, and resides at Falconer, 
New York. Children of Samuel and Victoria 
Marie Ely: i. Kate L., born June i, 1870, mar- 
ried James W. Davis, and resides at Falconer, 
New York; child, Helen V., bom April 17, 
1901. 2. Georgia A., born February 16, 1872, 
died April 23, 1905, and is buried at Falconer ; 
she married Charles Hammerquest. 3. A twin 
brother of Georgia A., died aged three days. 

The Eddys of Jamestown, New York, 
EDDY descend from an ancient English 

family, mentioned in "Burke's Royal 
Families" (London, 1851), and in "Burke's 
Colonial Gentry." The earliest progenitor of 
the family, in America, was Samuel, son of 
William Eddye, A. M., vicar of the Church of 
St. Dunstan, of the town of Cranbrook, county 
of Kent, England, a native of Bristol. He was 
educated at Trinity College, Cambridge Uni- 
versity, and he was vicar of Cranbrook, 1589- 
1616. He died November 23, 1616, and was 
buried in Cranbrook churchyard, but where 
therein is not known. He was a gentleman of 
great merit, and a faithful minister to his 
church. He possessed rare executive ability, 
and placed the financial affairs on a sound, 
substantial basis, hitherto unknown. His care- 
ful, methodical mind so deplored the careless, 
ill-kept books of the church that he personally 
collected all the loose registers of the parish, 
dating back from 1588, arranged and properly 
entered them in a new parchment book. He 
beautifully engrossed about eighty of its pages 
and illuminated three title pages, births, mar* 
riages and deaths. This book is yet to be seen 
at the vicarage. The church over which he 
presided was a substantial, uniform building, 
in the style of the period, most spacious within, 
with nave, side aisles, chancel and a square 
embattled tower, at the west end, containing 
a ring of eight bells and a set of musical chimes, 
arranged to play every third hour. The town 
of Cranbrook was once the center of the cloth- 
ing trade of England, which existed there for 
several centuries, prior to 1774. 

Rev. Eddye married (first), November 20, 
1577, Mary, died July, i6ii, daughter of John 
Fosten, died September, 1573. In 1614 he 
married (second) Elizabeth Taylor, a widow, 
who bore him a daughter, Priscilla. Children 
of first marriage: Mary, bom September, 1591 ; 
Phineas, September, 1593; John, March, J 597; 

Ellen, August, 1599; Abigail, October, 1601, 
died May 20, 1687, at Charlestown, Massachu- 
setts; Anna, born May, 1603; Elizabeth, born 
December, 1606; Samuel, of further mention; 
Zachareas, 1610; Nathaniel, 161 1; Priscilla, 
child of the second wife, 1614, Of the sons, 
John and Samuel came to America, landed at 
Plymouth, where John remained for a year. 
He dwelt in Plymouth and resided later in 
Newton, Massachusetts, where he was made 
freeman, in 1633. He spelled his name, at 
one time, Edie, at another, Eddye, but his 
numerous descendants always wrote it Eddy. 
Samuel seems to have always spelled his name 
"Eddy," but others spell it in a great variety 
of ways, Ede, Edy, Eady, Eadey, Edie, but 
more often Eddy. Probably Eedy, as some 
spelled it, was in accordance with the pro- 
nunciation of the name at that time. 

(H) Samuel Eddy, second son and seventh 
child of Rev. William and his first wife, Mary 
(Fosten) Eddye, was born at Cranbrook, coun- 
ty of Kent, England, in May, 1608, died in 
Massachusetts (probably at Plymouth), 1685. 
In comp;:ny with his elder brother John he 
left London, England, August 10, 1630, in the 
ship "Handmaid," Captain John Grant, arrived 
at Plymouth, November 8, 1630 (n. s.), Octo- 
ber 29, 1630 (o. s.), having been twelve weeks 
at sea. Grovernor Winthrop says : "They had 
sixty passengers and lost but one," and one of 
the Eddys told him that "he had many letters 
to the ship for me." Samuel settled at Plym- 
outh with the Pilgrims, the last company of 
which arrived the same year (1630). He pur- 
chased a house and land of Experience Mitchell, 
May 9, 1631 ; his name is on the list of free- 
man, 1633, ^^^ whole list containing but ninety 
names. In 1638 "four shares in the black 
heifer" were assigned him. He had land grant- 
ed him in 1636-41-59, and was a taxpayer of 
Plymouth from 1632 until his death. In 1662 
he was one of the "twenty-six men" who pur- 
chased, of the Sachem Wampatuck, the great- 
est part of the land constituting the greater 
part of the town of Middleboro, the title being 
confirmed to them, in 1669, by the governor 
and assistants. In 1669 he sent his son John 
to dwell with Francis Gould, "until he shall 
reach the age of twenty-one years." In 1647 
his son Zachariah, and, in 1652, his son Caleb 
were apprenticed to John Brown, of Rehoboth, 
a shipbuilder, an assistant and one of the com- 
missioners of the colony. The indentures of 
apprenticeship of these three sons are on rec- 



ord. In 1633 his servant, Thomas Brian, "was 
brought back before the Governor and Assist- 
ants, for running away (brought back by an 
Indian), and whipped before the Governor." 
In 1643 he is enrolled **among those who bore 
arms.'' He died in 1688, aged eighty years, 
having resided with several of his sons the lat- 
ter part of his life, at Middleboro, Swanzey, 
etc., but in a deed, made a short time before 
his death, he speaks of his residence "of Plym- 
outh." The name of his wife was Elizabeth. 
The records state that in 1651 "Elizabeth, wife 
of Samuel Eddy, arraigned for wringing and 
hanging out her clothes on Lord's Day, fine 
twenty shillings, but remitted." May i, 1660, 
"Elizabeth Eddy summoned for travelling from 
Pl)miouth to Boston on Lord's Day: She an- 
swered that Mistress Saffin was very weak 
and sent for her with an earnest desire to see 
her in her weakness. The court thought they 
saw not a sufficient excuse and saw cause to 
admonish her, and so she was discharged." 
She died in 1682 (or 1689), aged eighty-one 
years. Children: i. John, born December 25, 
1637, died November 2T, 1695; he settled in 
Taunton, Massachusetts, was a large land- 
owner and left a numerous posterity. 2. Zach- 
ariah, born 1639, died September 4, 1718; 
he settled in Swanzey, Massachusetts, and 
is the ancestor of the Providence Eddys. 3. 
Caleb, born 1644, died March 23, 1713; he 
was a deacon of the Swanzey church; left 
two sons, Caleb and Samuel. 4. Obadiah, 
of further mention. 5. Hanna, born June 23, 
1647, ^*^ young. 

(Ill) Obadiah, fourth child and youngest 
son of Samuel and Elizabeth Eddy, was born 
in 1645, <^icd in Middleboro, Massachusetts, 
1722. He settled in the town of Middleboro, 
and inherited the patrimonial lands in that 
town. He was admitted a freeman, June 9, 
1683; was constable, 1679-81-83-89; was a 
grand juryman, 1682; a surveyor of highways, 
1692, and, in 1690, selectman. There were 
with him in Middleboro, at the time of King 
Philip's war, twenty families, all of whom had 
their houses burned, and fled to Plymouth, but 
returned and rebuilt after the war. The maiden 
name of his wife was Bennett. Children: i. 
John B., born March 22, 1669 ; resided in Taun- 
ton, Massachusetts. 2. Hasadiah, bom April 
10, 1672: married Samuel Samson. 3. Sam- 
uel, of further mention. 4. Jabez, resided in 
Middleboro. 5. Benjamin, resided in Middle- 
boro. 6. Joel, married, 1708, Sarah Harris. 

7. Mercy, married Samuel Sampson ; children : 
Obadiah,, married Mary Soule ; Gershom, mar- 
ried Bethia Clark; Ichabod, married Mercy 
Savery; Esther, married Abraham Borden; 
Mary, married Isaac Fuller. 8. Elizabeth, mar- 
ried David Delano ; children : Leniuel> Betsey, 
Abigail and David. 9. Mary, married Dr. 
Isaac Fuller; children: Reliance, Isaac, Eliza- 
beth, Samuel, Micah, Jabez and Mary. The 
sons all had numerous families, who settled, 
many of them, in the states of New York, New 
Jersey and Vermont. 

(IV) Samuel (2), son of Obadiah and 
{ Bennett) Eddy, was born in Middle- 
boro, Massachusetts, where he died in 1752. 
He inherited a large portion of the Middle- 
boro lands, owned by his father and grand- 
father, and resided on them during his entire 
life. He was a man of large muscular frame, 
very strong and vigorous. There are many 
stories yet preserved that tell of his remark- 
able physical powers. He married Malatiah 
Pratt, a descendant of the Pilgrim, Phineahas 
Pratt. She was born December 11, 1676, died 
March, 1769, in her ninety-third year. Chil- 
dren: I. Samuel, of further mention. 2. Zach- 
ariah, born 1761 ; inherited a large share of 
the Middleboro lands, on which he resided 
until his death, in 1777; he married Mercy 
Morton, a descendant of the Pilgrim, George 
Morton. 3. Malatiah, married, March 23, 1730. 
Samuel Tinkham. 4. Bennett, married, Feb- 
ruary 7, 1738, William Reading. 5. Fear, mar- 
ried, November 7, 1738, George Williamson. 

(V) Samuel (3), son of Samuel (2) and 
Malatiah (Pratt) Eddy, was bom in Middle- 
boro, Massachusetts, 1696; died November 3, 
1746. He was distinguished for sound sense 
and discretion, and steady, well-regulated piety. 
He was eminent in the church and held many 
town offices. He married Lydia, daughter of 
John and Hannah (White) Alden, sister of 
John Alden, the centenarian, and a lineal de- 
scendant of John and Priscilla (Mullins) Al- 
den, of the "Mayflower," in the fourth genera- 
tion. (I) John Alden, the Pilgrim, came to 
America, in the "Mayflower," December, 1620 ; 
married, 1622, Priscilla Mullins. (II) Joseph, 
son of John and Priscilla Alden, married Mary, 
daughter of Moses Simmons^ of Bridgewater. 
Massachusetts, who came in the "Mayflower." 
(Ill) John, son of Joseph and Mary (Sim- 
mons) Alden, married Hannah, daugrhter of 
Captain Ebenezer White, of Weymouth, f IV) 
Lydia, daughter of John and Hannah (White) 



Alden, was born December 18, 17 10. She mar- 
ried (first) Samuel Eddy, (second) John Ful- 
ler, of Halifax. Children of Samuel and Lydia 
(Alden) Eddy: i. Nathan, of further mention. 

2. Joshua, born March 6, 1734, died young. 

3. Susannah, born November 22, 1736, unmar- 
ried. 4. May, May 9, 1740, died young. 5. 
Samuel, born January 23, 1742. 

(VI) Nathan, eldest son of Samuel (3) and 
Lydia (Alden) Eddy, was born in Middleboro, 
Massachusetts, September 8, 1733; died in 
Pittsfield, Vermont. He removed from Massa- 
chusetts to Sherburne, Vermont, in 1785, going 
from tl ere to Pittsfield (or Pittsford), Ver- 
mont. He married, November 17, 1757, Eunice 
Sampson, of Middleboro, Massachusetts. Chil- 
dren: I. Ephraim, born December 2, 1759, died 
about 1800. 2. Lydia. 3. Hannah, February, 
1766. 4. Nathaniel, July 6, 1768, died at Galle- 
apolis. New York. 5. Nathan, April 21, 1771. 
6. Isaac, of further mention. 7. Zachariah, 
November 17; 1778. 

(VII) Isaac, fourth son and sixth child of 
Nathan and Eunice (Sampson) Eddy, was 
bom at Middleboro, Massachusetts, January 
24, 1774; died at Jamestown, New York, June 
26, 1833. He resided in Pittsfield, Rutland 
county, Vermont, for about forty years. In 
1814 he settled in Jamestown, where he be- 
came pastor, in charge of the First Congrega- 
tional Church, organized in that place, it like- 
wise being his first charge after being licensed 
by the Congregational Association. He was a 
man of pure life and earnest purpose. His 
zeal in the Master's service was unbounded, 
and he accomplished great good during his 
long and useful life. He married, August 12, 
1796, in Pittsfield, Vermont, Betsey McCary, 
died February 16, 1863. Children: i. Eliza- 
beth, bom June 5, 1797 ; married Deacon James 
Carey^ 2. Eunice, born December 29, 1799; 
married Alvah Brown. 3. Isaac, born October 
22, 1801, died at Jamestown, New York, 1872. 
4. William McCary, born September 16, 1803, 
died unmarried, iSiSs. 5. Nathaniel, of further 
mention. 6. Elmina, born August 10, 1807; 
married John Scott, of Jamestown, New York. 
7. Safford, born April 15, 1810, died 1879; 
child, James W. Eddy. 8. Hiram, born May 
17, 1813; married (first) Elizabeth L. Haw- 
ley, Fdbmary 7, 1839; she died January 7, 
1856; he married (second) Frances C. Adams, 
May 5, 1857, and, in 1881, was a distinguished 
clergyman of Jersey City, New Jersey. 9. 

Zachary, born December 19, 181 5; married 
(first) Susan Gray, 1835; she died March, 
1847; he married (second) Malvina R. Coch- 
ran, April 26, 1848; he was an eminent clergy- 
man of the Congregational church, stationed at 
Northampton, Massachusetts; Brooklyn, New 
York, and Detroit, Michigan; Williams Col- 
lege conferred on him the degree of Doctor of 

(VIII) Nathaniel, son of Rev. Isaac and 
Betsey (McCary) Eddy, was bom in Vermont, 
November 29, 1805; died April 7, i860, at 
Jamestown, New York. He removed from 
Vermont to New York state, settling in Chau- 
tauqua county. He married, January i, 1828, 
Electa F. Sprague, born February 2, 1806, died 
April 8, 1878, daughter of Captain Sprague, 
of Wardsboro, Vermont. Children: i. Eph- 
raim Evander, of further mention. 2. Halbert 
Parsons, bom February 10, 183 1 ; married, No- 
vember 3, 1858, Maria McEl fresh, bom Octo- 
ber 15, 1829; children: Ernest Halbert, born 
August 2T, 1859, died March 27, 1882; Nellie 
Sophronia, bom January 13, 1862, married 
A. M. Rogers, of Warren, Pennsylvania. 3. 
Maria Elmina, married, October, 1854, John 
M. Gardner; children: Eva Maria, married 
Charles M. Meade, and has Norman Gardner 
Meade, born May 25, 1876; Carrie Electa, died 
August 9, 1865. 4. Zachariah, died in infancy. 
5. Lucy Taylor, bom May 18, 1836; married 
(first), May 14, i860, Joseph C. Thomas, died 
April 27, 1865; married (second), August 22, 
1871, Milo Harris; children by first marriage: 
Nathaniel Eddy, bom October i, 1862; Lizzie 
Maria, born August, 1865. 6. Henry Clay, 
born September 5, 1841 ; married, in 1863, 
Susan James ; children : Florence Electa, bom 
1867; Grace, May, 1874; Harry, died in in- 
fancy ; Charles, born August 8, 1879. 7. Electa, 
died in infancy. 

(IX) Ephraim Evander, son of Nathaniel 
and Electa F. (Sprague) Eddy, was born 
March 13, 1829, died June 17, 1867. He was 
a lifelong resident of Jamestown, with the ex- 
ception of a few years spent in Titus ville and 
Tidioute, Pennsylvania. He was engaged, all 
his active life, in the hotel business, both in 
Jamestown, New York, and in Pennsylvania. 
He married, October 4, 1853, Betsey A. Cowan, 
bom December 3, 1830. Children: i. Frank 
Cowan, born January 2, 1855. 2. Wilton Na- 
thaniel, born November 8, 1858, died October 
7, 1879,. when about to enter his junior year in 



Yale College. 3. Harry, born May 14, 1863, 
died July 17, 1864. 4. Elton Ephraim, of fur- 
ther mention. 

(X) Elton Ephraim, youngest son of Eph- 
raim Evander and Betsey A. (Cowan) Eddy, 
was bom in Jamestown, New York, March 22, 
1866. He was educated in the public schools 
and Jamestown Business College. When he 
arrived at legal age he engaged in the business 
of fire insurance, a line of activity he still con- 
tinues. He has a well-established agency, and 
represents standard ccmipanies of New York 
and Massachusetts. He is a man of quiet 
tastes, reserved manners and thorough-going 
business methods. He served, for six years, 
in the "Fenton Guards," New York National 
Guards, ranking as a corporal. He was honor- 
ably discharged in September, 1892. Mr. Eddy 
is a member of Mt. Moriah Lodge, No. 145, 
Free and Accepted Masons; Western Sun 
Chapter, No. 67, Royal Arch Masons ; James- 
town Exempt Firemen's Association, and Cha- 
dakoin Boat Club, of Jamestown, of which he 
is now commodore, having been elected in 
1910. He is a Republican, but takes little 
active part in politics, and is an attendant of 
the Congregational church. He married, at 
Jamestown, June 8, 1892, Achsah S. Hiller, 
born April 28, 1870, died December 22, 1909. 
She was educated at the University of Michi- 
gan, Ann Arbor, and, for four years prior to 
her marriage, taught in the public schools of 
Jamestown. She was a woman of superior 
gifts, a willing worker in the church and charit- 
able causes, an attendant of the Congregational 
church, and highly esteemed in her city. Child, 
Wilton Nathaniel, bom in Jamestown, April 
17, 1893; now a student in the junior class 
of Jamestown high school, member of the Con- 
gregational church and Chadakoin Boat Qub. 

Achsah S. (Hiller) Eddy was a daughter of 
John D. and Libbie M. (Smith) Hiller, of 
Jamestown and Smiths Milk, New York. John 
D. Hiller was a son of John T. Hiller, of 
Smiths Mills, Chautauqua county, New York. 
He was bora at Smiths Mills, October 16, 
1833. He was educated in the public schools, 
Fredonia Academy and the State Normal Col- 
lege, at Albany, New York, graduating frcrni 
the latter with honors, class of 1855. In 1857 
he married and began mercantile life at Smiths 
Mills, where he continued nineteen years. In 
1877 he removed to Jamestown, New York, 
where he resided until his sudden death, No- 
vember 5, 1887, from concussion of the brain, 

caused by falling and striking his head on the 
stone walk. He led an active public life. In 
1864-65 he was clerk of the town of Hanover, 
Chautauqua county. During 1868-69 he was 
a member of the board of supervisors of Chau- 
tauqua county, and, in 1873-74 was a member 
of the New York house of assembly. He was 
a man of commanding presence, and mind culti- 
vated by constant study. 

He married, 1857, Libbie M., daughter of 
Rodney B. and Achsah (Blodgett) Smith, of 
Smiths Mills, and a sister of Major Hiram 
Smith. She survived her husband, who also 
left two daughters: Mrs. A. W. Niblock, of 
Bay City, Michigan, and Achsah S., wife of 
Elton Ephraim Eddy, of Jamestown. 

This is a local name in Nor- 
CRISSEY mandy, and came into England 

with William the Conqueror. It 
is found on the roll of Battle Abbey, and it 
appears in various forms in subsequent Eng- 
lish records. In America it is not a common 
name, yet it may be found in nearly every state. 

(I) Mighil Cresse (as he wrote the name, 
one of twenty-three different forms of the fam- 
ily name) came from England, with his brother 
William, in 1649, landing at Salem, Massachu- 
setts. In 1658 he said he was thirty years old. 
He lived, for a time, in the family of Lieuten- 
ant Thomas Lathrop, who, with sixty of his 
soldiers, fell in the battle of Bloody Brook, 
near Deerfield, September 18, 1675. From 
June, 1652, to May, 1663, he lived in the fam- 
ily of Joshua Ray, at "Royal Side," Salem, 
now Beverly. He married, in 1658, Mary 
Bachelder, bom in SaJem, in 1640, daughter of 
John and Elizabeth Bachelder, of "Royal Side." 
She was baptized at Salem, April 19, 1640, and 
died in August, 1659. He then removed to 
Ipswich, and married, April 6, 1660, Mary, 
born there. May 2, 1641, daughter of Mark 
Quilter. He died in Ipswich, m April, 1670. 
Child by first wife, John, of whom further. 
Children by second wife: Mighil, William and 
Mary. Mary, his widow, survived him and 
removed, in 1671, to Rowley, Massachusetts, 
where she died May 7, 1707. 

(II) John Crissey, only child of Mighil 
Cresse, by his first wife, was bora at "Royal 
Side," Salem, Massachusetts, in August, 1659. 
After the death of his father he lival with his 
Grandfather Bachelder. In 1675 he chose in 
court his uncle, Joseph Bachelder, as his guar- 
dian. He was a tailor, and resided at "Royal 

XKW Ytikk 

!•!: iii^' ' {•♦♦■njerl> ownetl by bis Graiid- 
• ! M heMer. tie wji> doacon of tnc Scc- 
i: T'^h. at Hover!}. Hi'^ i^tiivc '^ marked 
♦' i*'j Motn.\ ii>>or:be<i. ''Mere Kcth the 
f 1 >• acti i<;hii Crc.-v, who (bed I'dv \o 
i: "i^, iu ve 7t>th vcar ol bis anc/' ilis 
!i \j\ j ill 10 TJ, i/^y. "v^i.> pp .bated An- 
IT?;. Mt n^arried Sarali, br.rn \o- 

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. . '* 2-1 i(rfj^. da.ijrbtcr t^f Ti»hn aii/i Marv 
'. vr:l» » 7aine>, o\ fnswicb. She died at 

•...' Si ••.•/' April 4, 1751. Children Mary; 

.. ;t*r (i«r; Sarah : John (2d) ; Joseph; 
. •' ' : Jv>') . jicnjanrn : Ilatn::di ; A.-ic^ail : 

. \ / L''inifl, oixtli child and l(»urih -on of 

a .d Sar.ih (Ciaines) Cris>ey, was br.-n 

/ '. '. }da'^sai.bii.'>ett.s. July 11 t«^;8. lie 

•: >.y rein«»»i/' t<.» \'ew ITampshire. as sev- 

. 'li.' s<-;k-) did. aial, in 17.10, to C'<'n.'t\ii- 

« n-.-re ira^e s l-jst. He r..arricil, C)ct«'^-er 

Tj ', Sarah In<;lc.>on, of Salcin. ChiMr -vi : 

*.. «.' \ liom furtlier: Riiiii, «licd veiling: 

: V "^ ''Uh : Sa- ab : Daniel ; Tosepli ; Flizal>etb ; 

^' \ J'l)enezer: Anna. 

\' » Ji>hn (2V eldest m^w of Daniel a-ul 

'1 ■ in^leson) Cris.^e v . wa^ Dorn in 17-^1. 

• !'T» Ala-^^achusett*^. He removcil t'« N'cw 

' •• n^'. settling in the t(>'*vii (d* r>a;h. \\\ 

•A em to Fairfiix, A'onnont. He Vwi< 

-v-l!:4it>M.s man. and wa^ leader <ij tl:e 

1" serviee held foi worship m that 

n- }\\\\<^, I7'X>- » he met r I It: was held in 

::^j.ii. Jt»hn Oissey contJJ tin:^^ thf' serv- 

'ii'j hi- son Tames tc^n^tiiuted the rn.>ir. 

^'. d Martha Davenport. ( 'iilthen: f«hn, 

• i'^-jM Samuel, XaMianieland SvK'anus. 

w .' it< t uamc-d settled in Stockton, C'hau- 

I ■. v-nty. !^\\v York, and Sylvanjs Liter 

■. •'■ \vx*^t. 

\ S-;aiUieh -'o-n of John iz) and Martlia 

n :') C'ris^t-y, was Iv^rn in \eTn'>nt, 

.' -'. \"J\. yVx'\ in Stockton. Xew York, 

': . i>^iS. I U: iame from i'airfax. \ er 

♦ 1. ^'Mcl. t<,n, Ww N'^.-rk. in iS[5,and t'V)k 

•! -n. !r».d acre^ •'.■f 'and. In i8i()he settled 

:^ • :l t'^ii ].>art of the same town, on lot 

\ . in:pr'*!nu: a tnict of one hundred and 

u:*''- ol vvild land, which he cV-ared and 

•» d, making ^t In^ r« >iden<^e until his 

! 'r A a.-^ or.e vi the ftuniders of the 

\ \ urrh. in Delanti. and (.cca'-ionally 

\\\v { ,:!pit, beitig a deeph reli^j^ious man. 

;:.' :i ;, .n I7<X). Faicy (jro.s\enor. ( hil- 

-. \bnira. married Kthan L'ooley : child, 

■a. -.•arr'.efi Mortimer V\\\ 2. Harhnv, 

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or Delanti : i:!M'-* \ 
Hn ant J.a/'-li. <.'i * » 
'Merchant of Xcw '^ • . 
Zalmon Jennii c- - • : ; • 
vania. 0. Marth.t. -li ' .' .• 
7. Samuel. inarri<d lo:-.. • 
nru' it.d Ca^>iu> 1 \ . 1 -r • 
rit.d ( I'.M.r^'e l^utna.. 

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J ^ ir(i>v( nor ) C ^1^^: ., v .- •' 
i8c)J. at F.oriax, W-n:- ».- 
iN<»2, in St«H:kt'.»n, N t^v\ \ '.. 
farmer, and a man great' v i 
^[>ectevl. He nuinird Anna ^\ < 
ber 2 1826. 'l"lu \ .^c"v^':-.'' • *!• 
din^^ and. tcr> v . •- :''-^', ' \ 
tlK'ir sixiieth a**-!;* •'*.-• v . 
and fifty pf'>j>» . : • ' .... 
lives and *iv :>''-. -. - 
The/ liv ' ' *• • '•• ; •• : • 
sixtv-^'^: \- '^ 
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Lhu>ett^ ,M ' ■ • ;;• 
April 6. 18^'.-* • :• 
New Y .-rk. ri ♦. 
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cca>ed. : Anna i . ' ...m \ 
ried S. l>. Unr ♦'-;/. j 
;^isi 1^^, l8,^.v ^C' .••♦ ! pr ••■..^'. ,r 
where he \w . ,' «;" ^■^'. ■•! i ; '- 
Mary L.eon r 1. • •••• . • i ''1 K. 
dren by first wife : j,: • '•'•..>' ! 
bv second wife: >..%■... I\., 
Seward M., born ApMi .. ^ \\\ now -t : 
ff Jamest(»wn. X«'w 1' X ; ri».rir] } ,, ■ 
\^^><Kl ; children: Tlelle \.. :'^.rv:t'd V v\\^ 
\\ 'Icc^x , Elinor S., married (.ra.c; K<" 
I\l\ert'-n I'*.., of whnrn (nrtlvr. 

iWV) l'l\rat)n B., son t>f ri,, .-"• % 
rShepcird) Cri.s^fy. wn-l»<^M» *\\ '-v ' 
N'ork, Jun«^ 23, 1843; '''^''- •*' '^' ' ' 
Y'"ork, FLbruary 2g, K>vS I;..- • 
at the [nib''c scho(jls of S'o-.<' ••:■ .' 
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Side," on land formerly owned by his Grand- 
father Bachelder. He was deacon of the Sec- 
ond C3iurch, at Beverly. His grave is marked 
by a slate stone, inscribed: "Here lyeth the 
body of Deacon John Cresy, who died July ye 
22nd, 1735, in ye 76th year of his age." His 
will, dated June 12, 1734, was probated Au- 
gust 18, 1735. He married Sarah, born No- 
vember 23, 1665, daughter of John and Mary 
(Tredwell) Gaines, of Ipswich. She died at 
"Royal Side," April 4, 1751. Children: Mary; 
John^ died young; Sarah ; John (2d) ; Joseph; 
Daniel; Job; Benjamin; Hannah; Abigail; 

(HI) Daniel, sixth child and fourth son of 
John and Sarah (Gaines) Crissey, was born 
in Salem, Massachusetts, July 11, 1698. He 
probably removed to New Harfipshire, as sev- 
eral of his sons did, and, in 1740, to Connecti- 
cut, where trace is lost. He married, October 
20, 1720, Sarah Ingleson, of Salem. Children 
John, of whom further; Ruth, died young 
Mary Ruth ; Sarah ; Daniel ; Joseph ; Elizabeth 
Richard ; Ebenezer ; Anna. 

(IV) John (2), eldest son of Daniel and 
Sarah (Ingleson) Crissey, was born in 1721, 
in Salem, Massachusetts. He removed to New 
Hampshire, settling in -the town of Bath. In 
1790 he went to Fairfax, Vemiont. He was 
a very religious man, and was leader of the 
first public service held for worship in that 
town, in June, 1790. The meeting was held in 
a log cabin, John Crissey conducting the serv- 
ice, while his son James constituted the choir. 
He married Martha Davenport. Children : John, 
fames, Gould, Samuel, Nathaniel and Sylvanus. 
The three last named settled in Stockton, Chau- 
tauqua county. New York, and Sylvanus later 
removed farther west. 

(V) Samuel, son of John (2) and Martha 
C Davenport) Crissey, was born in Vermont, 
March 2, 1771, died in Stockton, New York, 
March i, 1848. He came from Fairfax, Ver- 
mont, to Stockton, New York, in 1815, ^"^ took 
up one hundred acres of land. In 1816 he settled 
in the northern part of the same town, on lot 
No. 30, comprising: a tract of one hundred and 
sixty acres of wild land, which he cleared and 
improved, making it his residence until his 
death. He was one of the founders of the 
Baptist church, in Delanti, and occasionally 
filled the pulpit, being a deeply religious man. 
He married, in 1799. Lucy Grosvenor. Chil- 
dren: I. Almira, married Ethan Cooley; child, 
Gcnevra, married Mortimer Ely. 2. Harlow, 

of whom further. 3. Jason, died 1875; mar- 
ried Roxana, daughter of Rev. Washington 
Winsor; children: Mary, married Lucien C. 
Warren^ Dr. Sardis Crissey; Jirah, and Ed- 
ward. 4. Lucy, married Chauncey Winsor, 
of Delanti; children: Wealthy Ann, married 
Hiram Lazell, of Stockton; Washington, a 
merchant of New York. 5. Cynthia, married 
Zalmon Jennings, and removed to Pennsyl- 
vania. 6. Martha, died at age of twelve years. 
7. Samuel, married Julia Grant ; children : Lucy, 
married Cassius Perrin; Forest; Myra, mar- 
ried George Putnam. 

(VI) Harlow, son of Samuel and Lucy 
(Grosvenor) Crissey, was born December i8, 
1802, at Fairfax, Vermont; died April 30, 
1892, in Stockton, New York. He was a 
farmer, and a man greatly beloved and re- 
spected. He married Anna Shepard, Novem- 
ber 2, 1826. They celebrated their golden wed- 
ding, and, ten years later, November 2, 1886, 
their sixtieth anniversary, when one hundred 
and fifty people, including children, other rela- 
tives and friends, assembled to honor the event. 
They lived together six more years, making 
sixty-six years of married life. Anna Shep- 
ard was born at Ashfield, Massachusetts, March 
29, 1807, died August 29, 1894, daughter of 
Samuel and Rachel (Cobb) Shepard, of Mas- 
sachusetts; she was a first cousin of Mary 
Lyon, the founder of Mount Holyoke (Massa- 
chusetts) College. Children: i. Newton, bom 
April 6, 1828; now a resident of Jamestown, 
New York, retired from business; married 
Cynthia Miller; children: Charles M., de- 
ceased; Anna L. ; Mary R. ; Jennie C, mar- 
ried S, B. Burchard. 2. Samuel S., born Au- 
gust 13, 1833; resided at Fredonia, New York, 
where he died July 28, 191 1; married (first) 
Mary Leonard, (second) Ella Kingsbury ; chil- 
dren by first wife : Jay, George, Howard ; child 
by second wife: Newton K., deceased. 3. 
Seward M., bom April 9, 1839 ; now a resident 
of Jamestown, New York; married Lucy A. 
Wood; children: Belle A., married Frank A. 
Wilcox; Minor S., married Grace Relf. 4. 
Elverton B., of whom further. 

(VII) Elverton B., son of Harlow and Anna 
(Shepard) Crissey, was born in Stockton, New 
York, June 23, 1843 > ^^^ *^ Jamestown, New 
York, February 29, 1908. He was educated 
at the public schools of Stockton and at Fre- 
donia Academy. He first engaged in teaching, 
following his profession in Stockton and Brock- 
ton, New York, and Marengo, Illinois. In the 



spring of 1870 he removed to Missouri, buying 
a tract of land at King's City, near St. Joseph, 
and resided there seven years, having formed a 
strong liking for his adopted state, and that 
ever remained with him. He was widely and 
favorably known, and was called to the office 
of county assessor. Returning to Brockton 
he resumed his old profession, teaching for a 
time, but later located in Sinclairville, where 
he engaged in the milling business. In 1882, in 
association with Joy Love, he organized a bank, 
under the firm name of E. B. Crissey & Com- 
pany, bankers. Soon followed the organiza- 
tion of another bank at Cherry Creek, in 1890, 
where he resided for a year. He then removed 
to Jamestown, where he organized the Farm- 
ers' & Mechanics' Bank, from which he later 
withdrew to organize the Union Trust Com- 
pany. A few years later he sold his interest 
in the last-named institution, and became head 
of the Farmers' & Mechanics' Bank, which 
position he retained until his death. He also 
retained ownership of the Cherry Creek Bank, 
and, besides, organized the firm of E. B. Cris- 
sey & Company, bankers, at South Dayton, and 
the First National Bank, at Falconer. The 
private bank of Crissey & Crissey, at Little 
Valley, New York, which he also organized, 
was later managed by his son, Harlow J. 

Mr. Crissey was recc^nized as a wise, con- 
servative financier, and a man of great public 
spirit. He possessed a tender heart, and cher- 
ished warm sympathy for those in distress, and 
an instinctive desire to assist those in need. 
He served his city as a member of the board 
of public works, and rendered efficient service. 
He was most liberal in his donations to all 
worthy objects, especially to the Associated 
Charities, which he aided in organizing, and 
in which he always held official position. He 
was of a cultured, refined nature, a lover of 
books, especially of the poets, and delighted in 
his home and librarv» which was well stocked 
with the choicest literature. He was inde- 
pendent and liberal in his views, both political 
and religious ; was connected with the lodges 
of Masons and Odd Fellows, and deeply inter- 
ested in all that conduced to the social or ma- 
terial betterment of his city. 

The resolutions adopted by the institutions, 
with which Mr. Crissey was connected, breathe 
a spirit of love and respect that is unusual. 
From the Farmers' and Mechanics* Bank : 

There was about Mr. Crissey a personality which 
drew men to him, and it was to him they went in 
their hours of adversity as in their moments of suc- 
cess. His advice and his encouragement comforted 
and aided them in their adversity, as did his con- 
gratulations cheer them in their success. His love 
for children was marked; his interest in the young 
man, starting out on .life's journey, prompted him to 
extend much material assistance. He was a believer 
in men. and in all that was characteristic of the man. 

From the resolutions adopted by the First 
National Bank of Falconer: 

Mr. Crissey was a man of wide experience, rare 
ability, and one in whom sympathy had to do with 
judgment. Many a young man, in this community, 
looks back to the aid and counsel of this man as the 
starting point of his success. 

From resolutions of the Associated Char- 
ities : 

Realizing keenly our loss of so sincere and prac- 
tical a friend, we desire to place on record our deep 
appreciation of his helpful consideration and assist- 
ance, and of his willingness, amidst his many duties, 
to give of his time and ability to the furtherance of 
the work of this association, in which he was so 
deeply interested. 

In the diary presented by Mr. Crissey to the 
customers of the bank he had caused to be 
printed the following : • 

He has achieved success who has lived well, laugh- 
ed often, and loved much ; who has gained the re- 
spect of intelligent men and the love of little chil- 
dren ; who has left the world better than he found 
it; who has never lacked appreciation of earth's 
beauty, or failed to express it ; who has always look- 
ed for the best in others, and given the best he had; 
whose life was an inspiration, whose memory a bene- 

In his banking operations he was unusual. 
Dunns: the last thirty years of his life he 
organized seven banks, and, at the last, was 
manager of four large and prosperous financial 
institutions. Yet he was not possessed of a 
ruling desire to make money. When a friend 
suggested to him that it would be easier for 
him to make impersonal investments in gen- 
eral securities, rather than in individual loans, 
he answered, "My business is not first of all 
to make money ; it is to do good in this com- 
munity." Among the many tributes paid him 
there was often this: "I could not have kept 
my home if he had not helped me"; or, "He 
helped me send my children through school," 
and similar expressions. Yet he did nothing 



with a view to popularity — it was his love of 
humanity. His interest was so fresh and gen- 
eral, his personality so strong and full of the 
joy of living, that he will be remembered as a 
man who did not grow old. He was singularly 
attractive in conversation and in public speak- 
ing, with a keen quick wit, and a mind well 
stored with the best in literature. Absolutely 
reliable himself he stood for what was right, 
even if the penalty might be personal loss or 
possibility of being misunderstood. 

Mr. Crissey married, January 2, 1867, at 
Sinclairville, New York, Mary Langworthy, 
bom there, March 29, 1844, daughter of Jacob 
and Cornelia (Love) Langworthy. Cornelia 
Love, born in Gerry, New York, died Decem- 
ber 24, 1891, aged seventy-five years and eight 
months, daughter* of John and Mary Love. 
John Love came to New York from Vermont, 
and located near Sin'clairville. Jacob Lang- 
worthy was born in Washington county, New 
York, September 30, 1806, died October 4, 
1883, son of James and Rhoda (Shaw) Lang- 
worthy. He came to Chautauqua county when 
he was eighteen years old, later purchased a 
farm of two hundred acres, one and a half 
miles west of Sinclairville, where he lived a suc- 
cessful farmer's life until his death. The fam- 
ily attended the Methodist Episcopal church. 
Mr. Langworthy was a man of high character, 
beloved by all who knew him. He married, 
March 6, 1834, Cornelia Love. Children: Ellen, 
died at age of fifteen; John, died April 19, 
1896; Janet, died aged eleven; Mary, married 
Elverton B. Crissey ; Lewis, of Cherry Creek ; 
Emily, died aged twenty-two months ; Charles, 
died aged thirty-three years. Jacob was the 
second son of James Langworthy, a farmer of 
Washington county. New York. He came to 
Chautauqua county a few years before his 
death, and made his home with his children. 
He died September 4, 1846, aged sixty-five 
years. He married Rhoda Shaw, who died 
July 27, 1847, aged sixty-eight years. Chil- 
dren: Joseph, Jacob, Albert, Alonzo, Lavina, 

Children of Elverton B. and Mary (Lang- 
worthy) Crissey: i. Lena Cornelia, born Janu- 
ary 12, 1868; married Frank Merz, president 
of the Union Trust Company, of Jamestown ; 
children: Lucy A., Elizabeth L., Margaret C, 
Francis C. 2. Harlow Jacob, born Julv 15, 
1870; now president of Citizens' Trust Com- 
pany, of Fredonia, New York ; married Jessie 
Blackstone; children: Rachel V., Eleanor V., 

Caroline F. 3. Lucy Love, born July 17, 1873 ; 
married Henry P. Robertson, president of H. 
P. Robertson Furniture Company, of James- 
town; children: Mary Crissey, Lucius Elver- 
ton. 4. Harold Elverton, born October 26, 
1883 ; now vice-president of Farmers' & Me- 
chanics' Bank, of Jamestown. 

Mrs. Mary (Langworthy) Crissey survives 
her husband. She is a resident of Jamestown, 
New York, where she is held in the highest 

It may be said of the late Lucius 
WARN ER Bolles Warner, without detract- 
ing aught from any other whose 
name stands high on the rolls of Jamestown's 
useful citizens, that his honesty, integrity, his 
career of industry, his public-spirited services 
and liberal contributions for the development 
and prosperity of his town, furnish an example 
that may be followed by every young man that 
aspires to a position of thrift, usefulness and 

Lucius Bolles Warner, son of Ephraim and 
Mary Spencer (Miner) Warner, was bom 
at Millington, Middlesex county, Connecticut, 
March 3, 1828. He located in Jamestown, 
New York, in 1850, where he was, for five 
years, engaged in the manufacture of furni- 
ture. This not proving profitable he turned his 
attention to the lumber trade, erected a plan- 
ing mill on Allen street, which was destroyed 
by fire ; later bought a planing mill and a lum- 
ber yard, on Baker street, south of the outlet, 
and continued there in successful business until 
his death. For over half a century Mr. War- 
ner was identified with the business interests 
of Jamestown, and held intimate relations with 
many important enterprises. He was at the 
head of a very large and prosperous business 
of his own, was connected with the First Na- 
tional Bank, the Jamestown Street Railway 
Company, Lake View Cemetery Association 
and many others, also president of the James 
Prendergast Library. No man did more to 
advance the material interests of the city. The 
Warner block, in the business section of the 
city, was one of his methods of showing his 
faith in his adopted city. Starting from a 
modest beginning he acquired ample fortune 
and honorable position. In the earlier days of 
this community, when character was being 
given to the municipality and its institutions, 
he was one of the controlling and directing 
spirits, and his influence was always exerted 



for good. He was a liberal supporter of the 
church, and lived a pure Christian life. He 
served on the board of education, and was 
always a warm friend of the cause of better 
opportunities for the children. For many years 
he was a supporter of the First Presbyterian 
Church. In political faith he was a Repub- 
lican, but took no active part in political affairs 
nor desired any office, but unsolicited he held 
a number of offices of public trust, in which 
he rendered good service. He was highly re- 
garded as a financier, and was regarded as a 
safe and disinterested adviser. He held the 
goodwill and respect of the citizens of James- 
town, while his relations with his employees 
were of the friendliest nature. He was of 
strong individuality, self-reliant, even temper- 
ed on trying occasions and uniformly kind to 

Mr. Warner married, in Jamestown, Decem- 
ber 14, 1854, Mary Minerva, bom May 11, 
1836, daughter of Rev. William D. and Mi- 
nerva (Densmore) Henry, the former of whom 
was born April 24, 1807, died September, 1896, 
a minister of the Congregational church, and 
the latter born 1806, died December 16, 1888, 
daughter of Thomas and Lydia (Belden) Dens- 
more, of Seneca Castle, near Geneva, New 
York. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Warner, 
living at the present time (1911) : i. Frederick 
Henry, born May 13, 1863. 2, Mary Eliza- 
beth, born November 30, 1866; married, Feb- 
ruary 6, 1890, Robert Newland Marvin (see 
forward), sixth child of Judge Richard Pratt 
and Isabella (Newland) Marvin. 

Mr. Warner died at Jamestown, New York, 
February 14, 1905. His memory is warmly 
cherished there, where he was well known for 
over a half a century. The funeral services 
were held at the family residence, on Forest 
avenue, and a large concourse of friends gath- 
ered to pay their final respects to a man esteem- 
ed by all. The several organizations, of which 
he was a member, were represented by del^a- 
tions of members, among them being the Lake 
View Cemetery Association, the James Pren- 
(lergast Free Library Association, the James- 
town Street Railway Company and the First 
National Bank. The employees of the Warner 
Mill attended the service in a body. In his 
address the Rev. Dr. Otis A. Smith, pastor of 
the First Presbyterian Church, gave a touch- 
ing and tender eulogy. The remains were laid 
to rest in Lake View Cemetery. 

As a permanent memorial, to the memory 

of her husband, Lucius B. Warner, his widow, 
Mary H. Warner, on February 20, 191 1, donated 
the Warner mansion, on Forest avenue, James- 
town, to the Agnes Association, as a perpetual 
home for old people. Her letter is as follows : 

lamestown, New York, Feb. 20, 191 1. 
Mrs. Charles M. Dow, President Agnes Association. 

Dear Mrs. Dow : In fulfillment of a lon^ cherish- 
ed desire to establish a permanent memonal to my 
late husband, Lucius B. Warner, in this city, where 
practically his whole life was spent (and in which 
memorial I desire my own name to be associated 
with that of my husband), I hereby present to the 
Agnes Association the Warner homestead, on Forest 
avenue, with the condition that it be perpetually 
maintained as a home for ''old people," who, in their 
declining years, are left alone, or through material 
misfortune may be in partially dependent circum- 

The property has a frontage of 197 feet, with the 
residence and stable thereon, and it is free from d^bt, 
except that which will be incurred in paving Forest 
avenue, and this expense I desire to bear. With 
the house I purpose giving some of the furnishings 
and personal belongings. 

With kindliest sentiments toward those who in my 
former home may find a comfortable dwelling place 
in the sunset of their lives, and trusting my action 
will meet with the hearty approval of yourself and 
your associates of the Agnes Association, believe me. 

Very sincerely yours, 
Mary H. Warner. 

In reply Mrs. Dow said : 

I believe all our citizens will rejoice with us in 
this splendid gift — a large well appointed, modem 
home, with commodious, airy rooms, broad verandas 
and sloping lawns, situated centrally, on an eminence, 
on a street car line, and, in addition, another build- 
ing, which can be remodeled for practical use, with 
plenty of land that will allow for building enlarge- 
ment, as needs demand. 

I think you will agree with me that if we had our 
choice of a property, in looking over our city this 
would have been chosen as in every way most suit- 
able for this home. 

In all the years to come may the donor be as blest 
as she has blessed others, in providing a home for 
the dear old people of our city and county. 

The following resolution was offered and 
unanimously adopted at a special meeting of 
the governing board of the Agnes Association : 

Resolved, That the Agnes Association does here- 
by accept the generous and magnificent gift of Mary 
H. Warner, in accordance with her offer of Feb. 
20th, for and on behalf of the aged people to be 
benefitted thereby, and the members pledge them- 
selves, so far as in their power, to carry out the 
wishes of the donor, in all respects, by making this 
a home for aged people. 

The following resolution was also offered 
and unanimously adopted : 



Resolved, That the thanks of the Agnes Associa- 
tion be and are hereby extended to Mary H. Warner, 
for and on behalf of the people to be benefitted there- 
by, for her very generous gift of her Forest avenue 
home, to be made a home for aged people. 

This was, indeed, a fitting monument to a 
man like Lucius B. Warner, a monument which 
is more lasting, in the hearts of the people, 
than any shaft of granite or bronze that might 
lift its head in cemetery or public square. It 
is a monument that will live in the coming 
years and shed its light and benefit upon this 
community in behalf of men and women who 
have taken their share in the heat of the battle 
during their prime, and who find themselves, 
in life's declining years, without the aid of lov- 
ing shoulders to lean upon and willing hands to 
minister to them, in tiieir own homes. May 
the pleasure that Mrs. Warner has thus pro- 
vided for many who are unknown to her, and 
may the comforts that they will be able to re- 
ceive here in the future, crown her own de- 
clining years with peace and happiness, is the 
wish of the people of. Jamestown and com- 
munity. The home will not be for the old 
people of Jamestown alone, but for those of 
Chautauqua county, and will be conducted 
alone lines similar to those of the Agnes Home» 
the occupants paying for the privilege of resid- 
ing there, and the institution supporting itself. 

(The Marvin Line). 
Judge Richard Pratt Marvin, father of Rob- 
bert Newland Marvin, was bom in Fairfield, 
Herkimer county. New York, December 23, 
1803, son of Selden and Charlotte (Pratt) 
Marvin, grandson of Daniel and Mehitable 
(Selden) Marvin, and a lineal descendant of 
Reinold Marvin, one of the original settlers 
of Hartford, Connecticut, having come to this 
country from England, about the year 1636- 
37. In 1826 Richard Pratt Marvin began the 
study of law, with George W. Scott, in New- 
ark, Wayne county. New York, and continued 
it with Mark H. Sibley, of Canandaigua, and 
Isaac Seeley, in Cherry Valley. In May, 1829, 
in New York City, he was admitted to prac- 
tice, as an attorney and counselor, in the su- 
preme court, and as a solicitor in the court of 
chancery. In June, 1829, he established him- 
self in Jamestown, where he remained until 
his death. He entered into partnership with 
Samuel A. Brown, who was then district attor- 
ney. In 1835 he was elected to the assembly, 
in which he devoted himself principally to 
railroad facilities; was a member of congress 

for four years, from 1837 to 1841 ; in 1847 was 
elected judge of the eighth judicial district, 
which office he held, by reelection, for nearly 
twenty-five years. He was an Abolitionist, 
and few worked harder to free the slaves than 
he did. In the fall of 1834 he married Isabelle 
Newland, who died in February, 1872, uni- 
versally beloved by all who knew her. Judge 
Marvin died January 11, 1892, ripe in honors, 
in usefulness, in years, in everything that makes 
up the sum of human eminence. 

Robert Newland Marvin was born in James- 
town, New York, October 13, 1845. He was 
educated in the public schools, Jamestown 
Academy, Hartwick Seminary and Bryant & 
Stratton s Business College, in Buffalo. Upon 
his return to Jamestown he becan>e bookkeeper 
for Marvin & Company, and was given charge 
of his father's extensive business interests, 
continuing until the death of his father, when 
he was given full control as executor of the 
estate. In the development of his father's 
estate he reclaimed an extensive swamp, estab- 
lished Marvin Park thereon, and made avail- 
able, for manufacturing and residential pur- 
poses, many acres of land. By the late Mary 
A. Prendergast he was named as executor of 
the vast property, which, through her will, was 
transmuted into St. Luke's Memorial Church 
and the James Prendergast Free Library. He 
was also trustee of the association having in 
charge the Library and Art Gallery, and, for 
several years, was president of the board. Of 
other uncounted estates he was the faithful 
executor, absolute trust being placed in his 
ability and uprightness. For two years, 1886- 
87, he was president of the Chautauqua Coun- 
ty Agriculture Society ; was one of the organ- 
izers and served as president of the Chau- 
tauqua Lake Railway Company. In 1885 he 
was elected president of the First National 
Bank of Corry, Pennsylvania, and held that 
office until September, 1887. Upon the death 
of Alexander T. Prendergast he was chosen 
director of the National Chautauqua County 
Bank to fill the vacancy, and remained in that 
capacity until his death, serving continuously 
on the most important committees of the board. 
He was a director and president of the James- 
town Street Railway Company. Among other 
organizations, with which he was connected in 
a prominent way, were the Gustavus Adolphus 
Orphans* Home, of which he was chairman of 
the committee that secured the necessary funds 
from Jamestown people ; the New York State 



Charities Aid Association ; the Woman's Chris- 
tian Association Hospital, of which he was a 
member of the advisory committee ; the Pres- 
ton Farming Company, of North Dakota ; the 
Lakewood Land & Improvement Company; 
honorary member of the Fenton Guards, the 
Firemen's Exempt Association, and the Cha- 
dakoin Club. He organized the first telephone 
exchange in Jamestown, and was president of 
the corporation; was the organizer and presi- 
dent of the first water company formed in 
Jamestown ; member of the first and all subse- 
quent boards of water commissioners, after the 
city took over the private water company; 
chairman of committee that drafted the first 
city charter of Jamestown ; foreman of Ellicott 
Hook & Ladder Company; president and life 
member of the New York State Firemen's 
Association, and president of the Lake View 
Cemetery Association. 

Throughout his life he was an attendant and 
generous supporter of the First Presbyterian 
Church, and the various departments for Chris- 
tian and philanthropic work connected there- 
with. He was a leader in Republican politics, 
a Blaine elector in 1884, and was a delegate to 
innumerable conventions. For four terms he 
represented the town of Ellicott, embracing 
Jamestown, on the board of supervisors, and 
would have been continued in office had he con- 
sented to serve longer. He distinguished him- 
self as a supervisor by inaugurating reforms in 
methods of treating the indigent and insane, and 
it is to his lasting credit that plans which he 
devised and put into operation for ameliorating 
the condition of the unfortunate classes were 
generally adopted throughout the state and 
have resulted most beneficiently. To a natural 
dignity of manner Mr. Marvin added a genial- 
ity that won him hosts of friends and made 
him welcome everywhere. He was hospitable, 
charitable, generous, with a ready sympathy 
for those in affliction or need. A keynote to 
his success in his many undertakings was his 
executive force and mastery of detail in what- 
ever engaged his attention. 

Mr. Marvin married, February 6, 1890, Mary 
Elizabeth Warner, aforementioned, who sur- 
vives him, residing in Jamestown. 

Mr. Marvin, after a life of usefulness and 
activity, during which he strove most earnestly 
to fulfill every duty and responsibility, and 
succeeded in so doing, as tributes from all lips 
attested, died February 6, 1909, on the nine- 

teenth anniversary of his marriage, a sad co- 
incidence. Interment was in Lake View Ceme- 

Daniel Prophet Wescott, fur 
WESCOTT over forty years a resident of 

Jamestown, was born in the 
town of Norwich, Chenango county. New York, 
February 14, 1823; died in Jamestown, New 
York, October i, 1868; son of Rev. Arthur 
Wescott, a minister of Addison, New York. 

Daniel P. W^escott received a good common 
school education, and then was apprenticed to 
the tailor's trade. He came to Jamestown and 
entered the employ of C. M. Butler, as a 
journeyman tailor. He was a good workman, 
industrious and trustworthy. In a few years 
he had so won his employer's esteem that he 
admitted him to a partnership in the merchant 
tailoring business. The firm was a prosper- < 
ous one and continued in successful operation 
until Mr. Butler's retirement. Mr. Wescott 
continued the business alone until 1861, when 
the great fire of that year swept away the 
building he occupied, with all its contents. 
With his accustomed energy Mr. Wescott re- 
built, replacing the old with a commodious 
brick store. H^ continued in business until 
failing health warned him to retire. He was 
an excellent business man and stood high in 
public esteem. In 1844 he was converted, dur- 
ing a religious revival in Jamestown, and join- 
ed the Wesleyan Methodist Church, becoming 
an active and useful religious worker. He 
loved his church and many yet remember the 
earnestness and fervor of his exhortations. 
He was a member of the Independent Order 
of Odd Fellows, a fact that aroused the prej- 
udice of some of the church members. This 
finally led Mr. Wescott to withdraw from the 
Wesleyan Church and connect with the Pres- 
byterian, much to the regret of nearly the en- 
tire Wesleyan congregation. He remained 
a useful, consistent member of his adopted 
church until his death. He was an active 
worker in the Sunday school, for several years 
serving as superintendent. He possessed nat- 
ural musical talent, had a good voice, and, for 
years, was leader of the choir of the Presby- 
terian church. He was warm hearted and 
generous, stood loyally by his friends, whose 
names were legion, devoted to his family, and 
faithful in all his obligations. Mr. W^escott 
exemplified in his life the highest type of citi- 

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zenship. He was a Republican in ix)litics, but 
never sought public office. 

He married (first), at Corning, New York, 
September 13, 1847, Leonora Pratt, born at 
Milo, Yates county, New York, died August 
2, i860, daughter of Joel B. Pratt, of Col- 
chester, Connecticut, where he was born in 
1795, died February 21, 1869, at Corning, Xew 
York. She was a sister of George W. Pratt, 
born April 17, 1821, died October 3, 1906, 
editor of the Corning JourftaL He married 
(second), September 10, 1863, Sarah R. Wil- 
son, born at Lewis, New York, February i, 
1827, daughter of Dr. William and Jane Agnes 
(Livingston) Wilson. Dr. Wilson was a native 
of Essex county, New York, died 1862. His 
wife, Jane Agnes (Livingston) Wilson, was 
born 1803, died on her fifty-fifth birthday. 
Their children were: Theophilus, deceased; 
William L., died in Jamestown ; Mary Jane, 
died May 22, 1889, in her seventieth year, her 
husband, William W. Lathrop, was a soldier of 
the Mexican war; Sarah R., married Daniel 
Prophet Wescott ; Margaret A., married Rich- 
ard Garfield. Children of first marriage of 
Mr. Wescott: Leonora P., married William 
Carnahan; Claudius Beverly, died 1898, aged 
thirty-seven years; William Steel, now a resi- 
dent of Harvey, Illinois; Daniel Pratt, of 
Jamestown. Child of second marriage: Guy, 
bom July 12, 1864, died January 12, 1894, 
having been an invalid for several years. Mrs. 
Wescott survives her husband and retains her 
residence in Jamestown, where she has lived 
since childhood. Her former residence, in the 
city, was purchased by the Methodist Epis- 
copal congregation, in 1883, as a site for a 
new church edifice. She then purchased her 
present home, at 417 Lafayette street. She is 
very active for her years, attends the Presby- 
terian church, and is greatly loved by all. 

Marvin Niles Everett, son of 
EVERETT John and Elizabeth (Walker) 

Everett, was born in Saratoga 
county. New York, March 24, 1828; died at 
Jamestown, New York, February 4, 1909. He 
was educated in the public schools, and when the 
problem of a trade confronted him he decided 
to learn carpentering. He served a regular 
apprenticeship, and, for many years, followed 
the occupation of a builder. In 1850 he set- 
tled in Jamestown, where he installed a hay 
press, in association with his brother. The 
hay, purchased from the farmers, was com- 

pressed in bales, then loaded on flat boats, built 
by themselves, and floated to Pittsburgh, Penn- 
sylvania, and other river points. *This business 
was successful, and, with the profits, timber 
lands were purchased and a sawmill erected, 
near Sinclairville, Chautauqua county, New 
York. After four years of successful lumber- 
ing he went west, in 1854. He located in the 
gold camps of California, meeting with fair 
success as a miner of the precious metal. In 
i860 he returned to Jamestown and resumed 
his early trade. He erected many buildings in 
Jamestown and vicinity, then purchased a farm, 
at Garry, New York, that he operated for five 
years. He then spent two years farming, in 
the state of Kansas, then returned east, settling 
at Falconer, New York. In 1881 he erected a 
fine brick house, which was his residence for 
thirty years. In Falconer he devoted himself 
almost exclusively to bee culture. This be- 
came his absorbing interest. He made a close 
study of the bee, secured the very best work- 
ers, and had one of the largest and best pro- 
ducing bee farms in the section. About 1888 
he built the Hotel Everett, which is one of the 
leading hotels of Jamestown. The hotel was 
built for an investment, and was operated 
under lease by others, until later in life it was 
conducted, for four years, by his wife. Through 
kindness to others, in financial distress, he lost 
quite heavily. His former residence, at 105 
West Second street, is now known as the "Mar- 
vin House," and is conducted by his widow. 
He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal 
church, of Falconer, and his one hundred dol- 
lar subscription was the first made toward the 
building of the first church of that denomina- 
tion in that city. He was a Republican in poli- 
tics, but never sought or cared for public office. 
He was highly esteemed in his city as a good 
citizen and an upright man. 

He married (first) Emma Jane Ferry, died 
in 1866, daughter of Ebenezer and Susan Ferry. 
He married (second), March 3, 1875, Viola D. 
Oburg, born at Ashville, New York, Novem- 
ber 14, 1854, daughter of Oscar and Bebe 
( Wellman) Oburg. Oscar Oburg was born in 
Sweden, February 25, 1833, son of Peter and 
Margaret (Hilgren) Oburg, of Upby, Sweden. 
Oscar Oburg learned the tailor's trade in Swe- 
den, and, in 1848, the entire family (parents 
and children, Mary, Caroline, Pontius, Oscar 
and Frank) came to the United States, set- 
tling at Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania. In 185 1 
thev came to Chautauqua county, New York, 



being one of the three first Swedish families 
to settle near Jamestown, where now they are 
so numerous m\d prosperous. Later than 1851 
Peter Oburg, the father, and his wife removed 
to New Albany, Indiana, where he died at the 
age of sixty-one years, the mother at the age 
of sixty-two. Oscar Oburg followed farming 
and also had a shoe store in Ashville, New 
York. He was drafted into the United States 
service, during the civil war, but was released 
from service on account of his family of young 
children, on procuring a substitute. 

He married, February 28, 1852, Bebe Well- 
man, born April 17, 1834, daughter of Barna- 
bas and Permelia (Bullock) Wellman. Chil- 
dren : Elon M., born December 20, 1852, mar- 
ried Mary Sherman; Viola D., married Mar- 
vin Niles Everett ; Minnie M., born October 26, 
1856, unmarried ; Lelia C, born March 20, 1859, 
married (first) John C. Walter, and (second) 
R. M. Lee; Abbie D., born January 3, 1861, 
married Charles Wellman ; Francis Victor, bom 
April 9, 1863, married Irene Grunder. 

Lieutenant Samuel Smith and his 
SMITH wi fe Elizabeth, with children Sam- 
uel, Elizabeth, Mary and Philip, 
passengers of the ship "Elizabeth," of Ipswich, 
William Andrews, master, left England, April 
30, 1634, and landed in Boston. He was 
probably a member of the transient settlers of 
Dorchester, or its vicinity, that joined the ex- 
odus to the Connecticut valley, in 1635, and 
lived in Wethersfield up to 1661, when he went 
up the river to Hadley, where he was an orig- 
inal settler of that town, established out of 
the new plantation near Northampton, May 22, 
1659. Here he held important offices in the 
church, which he helped to organize, and of the 
town which was co-existant with the church. 
He probably gained his title of lieutenant by 
holding that rank in the militia, organized for 
the defense of the settlers against the Indians. 
As the inventory of his estate was published 
January 17, 1681, he probably died in 1680, 
and was supposed to be seventy-eight years of 
age, at his death, which would make him thirty- 
two years of age when he left England, and 
make his birth year about 1602. His widow, 
Elizabeth Smith, died March 16, 1686, at the 
age of eighty-four years. Children of Lieu- 
tenant Samuel and Elizabeth Smith: i. Sam- 
uel, born in England, about 1625 ; he was eight 
years of age when he was brought to New 
England, and he is supposed to have removed 

from Wethersfield to New London, and thence 
to Virginia, prior to 1664; he was accom- 
panied by his wife Elizabeth, daughter of Rev. 
Henry Smith, of Wethersfield, Connecticut. 
2. Elizabeth, born in England, about 1627 ; mar- 
ried, about 1646, Nathaniel Foote, of Wethers- 
field, Connecticut, she being his second wife: 
after his death she married William Gull. 3. 
Mary, born in England, approximately in 1630 ; 
married, in Wethersfield, John Graves. 4. 
Philip, see forward. 5. Chileab, born in New 
England, probably Wethersfield, Connecticut, 
in 1635. 6. John, bom in Wethersfield, prob- 
ably in 1637, was slain by the Indians on the 
mead6ws of Hatfield, Massachusetts, May 30. 
1676, while defending his home and people. 

(II) Philip, second son and fourth child of 
Lieutenant Samuel and Elizabeth Smith, was 
born in England, about 1633. ple was the 
youngest of their four children who, with the 
father and mother, made up the family when 
they came to New England, and was in his 
mother's arms at their coming. He was brought 
up in Wethersfield, Connecticut, where he mar- 
ried Rebecca, daughter of Nathaniel Foote, and 
stepdaughter of his sister, Elizabeth (Smith) 
Foote. He removed, with his father, to Had- 
ley, about 1 661, and, with him, helped to found 
the town and church. He was a deacon of the ^ 
church, lieutenant in the town militia, and a 
representative in the general court of the Mas- 
sachusetts Bay Colony. He was, according to 
the account left by Cotton Mather, "murdered 
with an hideous witchcraft," January 10, 1685, 
and his widow married Major Aaron Cook, Oc- 
tober 2, 1688. She died in Hadley, April 6, 

1 701. Children of Lieutenant Philip and Re- 
becca (Foote) Smith: i. Samuel, bom in 
Wethersfield, Connecticut, in January, 1659. 
2. Child, died before being named, January 2, 
1661. 3. John, born December 18, 1661. 4. 
Jonathan, see forward. 5. Philip, born about 
1665. 6. Rebecca, born about 1667; married, 
1686, George Stillman, of Wethersfield and 
Hadley; she died in Hadley, October 7, 1750. 
7. Nathaniel, born about 1669. 8. Joseph, bom 
about 1671-72. 9. Ichabod, born April 11. 


(III) Jonathan, son of Philip and Rebecca 

(Foote) Smith, was born in Hadley, Massa- 
chusetts, about 1663. He was brought up in 
that frontier town, and endured all the hard- 
ships that visited the pioneer settlers of that 
period. He married Abigail, daughter of Lieu- 
tenant Joseph Kellc^g, who emigrated to Bos- 



ton in 1639, was among the first settlers of 
Hadley, in 1661, and commanded the troops 
fromHadley in the Great Falls fight, in King 
Philip's war, in 1675. 

(IV) Elisha, son of Jonathan and Abigail 
(Kellogg) Smith, was born July 10, 1705, died 
November, 1786. He was widely laiown as 
"Goodman" Smith, and his wife as "Goody" 
Smith. About 1732 he removed, with his fam- 
ily, to what was afterward called Whateley. 
He married Sarah Field, who died July 17, 
1795, aged eighty-five years, the result of a 
broken bone. They had eleven children. 

(V) Benjamin, eldest child of Elisha and 
Sarah (Field) Smith, was bom November 5, 
1728, died February 6, 1793. He served in 
the revolution, under different enlistments and 
in various^companies. At the Lexington alarm 
he marched in Captain Henry Stiles' company, 
of Whateley. During the Saratoga campaign, 
of 1777, he served in the company of Captain 
Solomon White, of Whateley. His first mar 
riage, recorded at Hadley, was to Abigail Smith, 
probably a daughter of Jonathan and Abigail 
(Alexander) Smith. She was born July 19, 1723. 

He married (second) Elizabeth , before 

1771. Children by first wife: Elijah, married 
Miriam Morton; Solomon, married Polly or 
Mary Pratt; Rachel, married, April 29, 1781, 
Aaron Pratt; Elihu, married Anna Belden; 
Harwell, married, 1782, Mary Pratt; Mary, 
born 1769, died 1886, married Joseph Gilbert, 
of Whateley. Children by second wife : Eliz- 
abeth, baptized January 6, 1771 ; Isaac, of fur- 
ther mention ; Rebecca, baptized February 14, 
1773; Lydia, baptized March 26, 1775; Will- 
iam Coe, baptized November 12, 1776. 

(VI) Isaac, son of Benjamin and Elizabeth 
Smith, was baptized March 8, 1772, at Whate- 
ley, Massachusetts. In 1802 he removed to the 
town of Gorham, Ontario county, New York. 
In 1804 he removed to Sheridan, Chautauqua 
county, and later settled in Hanover, same 
county. He was a farmer, and served in the 
war of 1812. Pie was part of the force that 
attempted to save the then village of Buffalo 
from destruction, in 181^. The exposure and 
fatigue of that campaign mduced a fever, which 
resulted in his death. He married, October 26, 
1792, Roxy Morton. Children, the first five 
bom in Whateley: i. Henry (Harry), born 
October 21, 1793; married Beulah Blodgett; 
be sierved in the war of 18 12, returning home 
after the death of his father, and became the 

bead of the family. 2. Benjamin, born August 

2, 1794; married Pauline Scott. 3. Matilda, 

born November 20, 1796; married (first) 

Mulgrove, (second) Ben Scott. 4, Rodney B., 
of further mention. 5. Roxy B., born October 
25, 1801 ; married Amos Bennett. 6. Tirzah, 
married Sidney Frisbie, 7. Hiram, married 
Joan Frisbie. 8. Attley, married a Miss Scott. 
9. Caroline Esther, bom in Hanover, Chau- 
tauqua county, New York, May 18, 181 1 ; mar- 
ried, January 2T, 1828, Leonard Howard; they 
had fourteen children. 

(VII) Rodney B., son of Isaac and Roxy 
(Morton) Smith, was born February 3, 1798, 
in Whateley, Hampden county, Massachusetts, 
died at Smiths Mills, Chautauqua county. New 
York, May, 1873. At the age of fifteen years 
he volunteered to take his elder brother Henry's 
place in the army, that the latter might return 
home and care for the seven smaller children, 
who were orphaned within the year by the loss 
of both father and mother. Henry wa^ biit 
eighteen years old, but could better manage 
home affairs than the younger brother. Rod- 
ney B. served out his brother's enlistment and 
was in the engagements at Black Rock, Chip- 
pewa and Williamsville. After the war he 
returned home and helped Henry in the care 
of the home and children. In 1824 he became 
a sub-contractor, under " Thompson & Bird, 
for the construction of the Black Rock dam, 
in connection with the Erie canal. Later he 
obtained additional contracts direct, and con- 
tinued in that business until the canal was com- 
pleted. He then returned to Chautauqua coun- 
ty, and, having acquired considerable capital, 
purchased a small mill, owned by his brother 
Henry, enlarged and operated it. This local- 
ity was afterward known in the county as 
Smiths Mills. He also erected a distillery, and, 
for thirty years, continued in business at Smiths 
Mills. He was, for many years, a member of 
the Methodist Episcopal church, but, in later 
years, became very liberal in his religious views. 
He married Achsah Blodgett, who bore him 
fourteen children, seven sons and seven daugh- 
ters, of whom, in 1891, four were living: 
Hiram, of further mention ; Lyman B., a law- 
yer of Buffalo; Myron, an officer of the Third 
Wisconsin Cavalry, during the civil war, later 
a farmer of Kansas ; Byron, who remained on 
the old homestead. 

(VIII) Hiram, son of Rodney B. and Ach- 
sah (Blodgett) Smith, was born at Smiths 
Mills, town of Hanover, Chautauqua county. 
New York, October 19, 1819. He was reared 



on the farm and was educated in the public 
schools and the old Fredonia Academy. His 
youthful manhood was spent in the various 
pursuits in which his father was engaged, mill- 
ing, distilling, merchandising and farming, at 
Smiths Mills. From an early age he took an 
active part in county politics. He was a natural 
leader of men, positive and aggressive, force- 
ful rather than diplomatic, yet always a leader, 
and, all through his life, was a dominant factor 
in the politics of Western New York, even be- 
fore the organization of the Republicain party. 
In 1853 he was elected a member of the Chau- 
tauqua county board of supervisors from Han- 
over, serving several years as a Democrat. 
When the Republican party was organized he 
transferred his allegiance to the new party, 
was their candidate for the assembly, in 1859, 
and was elected by a large majority, and re- 
elected, in i860, on the same ticket that carried 
the name of Abraham Lincoln, for President 
of the United States. He continued his affilia- 
tion with the Republican party until the Gree- 
ley campaign of 1872, when he returned to tlie 
Democratic party, with which he remained 
until his death. He was the Democratic candi- 
date for congress in 1884, and again in 1890, 
neither time expecting an election, as the nor- 
mal Republican majority in the district was 
more than ten thousand. 

On the breaking out of the civil war he re- 
tired from the legislature and enlisted in the 
service of the government. He was appointed, 
by President Lincoln, quartermaster of the 
United States army, and, at the end of four 
years active service, was mustered out, with 
the rank of major. On entering the service 
he had disposed of his interests at Smiths 
Mills, and on returning, four years later, set- 
tled in St. Louis, Missouri, where he engaged 
in business two years. In 1867 he returned 
to Chautauqua county, settling in Jamestown, 
engaging first in merchandising, then in the 
fire and life insurance business, which he fol- 
lowed very successfully until age compelled 
his retirement from business. He died at 
Jamestown, New York, February 18, 1905, in 
his eighty-sixth year. He was a strong char- 
acter, and, in youth and young manhood, gave 
promise of an unusual distinguished career, 
but his environment and principles did not 
always harmonize, hence he did not achieve 
the distinction which was accorded men of 
inferior attainments. He was a splendid type 
of physical manhood, and, when seated on 

horseback, presented a figure seldom equalled. 
He was richly endowed with the qualities of 
both moral and physical courage, and was one 
of the most popular men in his community, 
and frequently, when his party desired to make 
a good showing at the polls, he was the chosen 
standard-bearer. He was too aggressive and 
positive in his nature to be a good politician. 
He was a good fighter, but no compromiser. 
I f he believed in anything he believed in it with 
all his force, and fought for it against any 
odds. Yet he was a man of geniality, and a 
most agreeable companion, thoroughly posted 
in the events of the day and always interested 
in public questions of any nature. 

He married (first), September 10, 1844, 
Melissa, born July 22, 1823, died January 10, 
1892, daughter of Major George Love, of 
Forestville. She was a woman of strong in- 
dividuality and great benevolence. She drew 
to her a large circle of friends by whom she 
was deeply mourned. He married (second), 
September 10, 1894, Anna L. Gray, of James- 
towm, New York, who survives him. Children 
of first wife: i. Mary Love, born at Smiths 
Mills, New York, March 14, 1846; married, 
February 4, 1875, Mason M. Skiff, of James- 
town ; children, Marion, Bertha and Warner 
Mason (see Skiff forward). She is a member 
of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, the Fortnight 
Literary Club, St. Luke's Guild, Political Equal- 
ity Club and the Associated Charities. 2. Colo- 
nel George B., graduate of West Point United 
States Military Academy, 1875; passed through 
the intervening grades to that of paymaster, 
with rank of colonel ; served in the Philippines, 
where he was head of the paymasters' depart- 
ment : returned to the United States ; was sta- 
tioned at Denver, Colorado, now at Washing- 
ton. He has served as paymaster since 1882, 
having been appointed to that position by Presi- 
dent Chester A. Arthur. He married Corinne 
Barrett, of Jamestown, and has two sons : Bar- 
rett and Rodney H. 

(The Morton Line). 

Roxy (Morton) Smith, wife of Isaac Smith, 
was a descendant of George Morton, the first 
of the name to found a family in America. 
The name of Morton, Moreton and Mortaigne 
is earliest found in old Dauphine, is still ex- 
istent in France, where it is represented by the 
present Comtes and Marquises Morton de Cha- 
brillon, and where the family has occupied 
many important positions, states the "Gene- 



alogy of the Morton Family," from which this 
sketch is taken. •In the annals of the family 
there is a statement repeatedly met with that 
as a result of a quarrel one of the name mi- 
grated from Dauphine, first to Brittany and 
then to Normandy, where he joined William 
the Conqueror. Certain it is that among the 
names of the followers of William, painted on 
the chancel ceiling in the ancient church of 
Dives, in old Normandy, is that of Robert 
Comte de Mortain. It also figures on Battle 
Abbey Roll, the Domesday Book, and the Nor- 
mal Rolls, and it is conjectured that this Count 
Robert, who was also half-brother of the Con- 
<jueror, by his mother Harlotte, was the found- 
er of the English family of that name. In the 
Hayeux tapestry he is represented as of the 
Council of William, the result of which was 
the intrenchment of Hastings and the conquest 
of England. Count Robert held manors in 
nearly every county in England, in all about 
eight hundred, among which was Pevensea, 
where the Conqueror landed, and where, in 
1087, Robert and his brother Odo, Bishop of 
Bayeux, were besieged six weeks by William 
Rufus. Here Camden (1551-1628) found "the 
most entire remains of a Roman building, to be 
seen in Britain." When William, Earl of More- 
ton and Cornwall, son of Robert, rebelled 
against Henry I., that prince seized and razed 
his castles, but this one seems to have escaped 
demolition. In early Norman times this W^ill- 
iam built a castle at Tamerton, Cornwall, and 
founded a college of canons, as appeared by 
the Domesday Book, where it is called Lan- 
staveton. On the north side of the Gretna, in 
Richmondshire, stands an old manor house, 
called Moreton Tower, from a lofty, square 
embattled tower at one end of it. Of the fam- 
ily of Morton were the Earls of Dulcie and 
Cornwall; Robert Morton, Esquire, of Baw- 
try : Thomas Morton, secretary to Edward III. ; 
William Morton, bishop of Meath ; Robert Mor- 
ton,bishop of Worcester, in i486 ; John Morton, 
the celebrated cardinal archbishop of Canter- 
'bury and lord chancellor of England, 1420- 
1500; Albert Morton, secretary of state to 
James I. : Thomas Morton (i 564-1659), bishop 
of Durham and chaplain to James II. Promi- 
nent among the English Mortons, who early 
•came to America, were Thomas Morton, 
Esquire ; Rev. Charles Morton : Landgrave Jo- 
seph Morton, proprietary governor of South 
Carolina, and George Morton. 

(I) George Morton, the first of the name to 

found a family in America, and the ancestor 
of former Vice-President Levi P. Morton, was 
born about 1585, at Austerfield, Yorkshire, 
England, and, it is believed, was of the ancient 
Mortons, who bore for arms : Quarterly, gules 
and ermine; in the dexter chief and sinister 
base, each a goat's head erased argent attired 
or. Crest: A goat's head, argent attired or. 
Hunter, in his '^Founders of New Plymouth," 
suggests that he may have been the George 
Morton hitherto unaccounted for in the fam- 
ily of Anthony Morton, of Bawtry, one of the 
historical families of England, and that from 
Romanist lineage "he so far departed from 
the spirit and principles of his family as to 
have fallen into the ranks of the Protestant 
Puritans and Separatists." Of George Mor- 
ton's early life no record has been preserved, 
and his religious environments and the causes 
which led him to unite with the Separatists are 
alike unknown. His home, in Yorkshire, was 
in the vicinage of Scrooby Manor, and possi- 
bly he was a member of Brewster's historic 
church : but it is only definitely known that he 
early joined the Pilgrims at Leyden, and con- 
tinued of their company until his death. When 
the first of the colonists departed for Amer- 
ica, Mr. Morton remained behind, although 
he '*much desired" to embark then and intend- 
ed soon to join them. His reasons for such a 
course is a matter of conjecture. As he was a 
merchant, possibly his business interests caused 
his detention, or, what is more probable, he 
remained to promote the success of the colony 
by encouraging emigration among others. That 
he served in some official capacity, before com- 
ing to America, is undoubted. One writer 
states that he was "the agent of those of his 
sect in London," and another, that he acted as 
"the financial agent in London for Plymouth 
County." The work, however, for which this 
eminent forefather is most noted, and which 
will forever link his name with American his- 
tory, is the publication issued by him in Lon- 
don, in 1622, of what has since been known 
as "Mourt's Relation." This "Relation" may 
justly be termed the first history of New Eng- 
land, and is composed of letters and journals 
from the chief colonists at Plymouth, either 
addressed or intrusted to George Morton, whose 
authorship in the work is possibly limited to 
the preface. The "Relation" itself is full of 
valuable information, and still continues an au- 
thority. Shortly after it was placed before the 
public George Morton prepared to emigrate to 



America, and sailed, with his wife and five 
children, in the "Ann," the third and last ship 
to carry what are distinctively known as the 
"Forefathers," and reached Plymouth early in 
June, 1623. "New England's Memorial" speaks 
of Mr. Timothy Hatherly and Mr. George 
Morton as "two of the principal passengers 
that came in this ship," and, from Morton's 
activity in promoting emigration, it may be in- 
ferred that the "Ann's" valuable addition to 
the colony was in a measure due to his efforts. 
He did not long survive his arrival, and his 
early death was a serious loss to the infant 
settlement His character and attainments were 
such as to suggest the thought that, had he 
lived to the age reached by several of his dis- 
tinguished contemporaries, he would have filled 
as conspicuous a place in the life of the colony. 
The memorial thus chronicles his decease: 

Mr. George Morton was a pious, gracious servant 
of God, and very faithful in whatsoever public em- 
ployment he was bet rusted withal, and an unfeigned 
well-wilier, and according to his sphere and condi- 
tion a suitable promoter of the common good and 
growth of the plantation of New Plymouth, laboring 
to still the discontents that sometimes would arise 
amongst some spirits, by occasion of the difficulties 
of these new beginnings ; but it pleased God to put 
a period to his days soon after his arrival in New 
England, not surviving a full year after his coming 
ashore. With much comfort and peace he fell asleep 
in the Lord, in the month of June anno 1624. 

He married Juliana Carpenter, as shown by 
the entry in the Leyden records : "George Mor- 
ton, merchant, from York in England, accom- 
panied by Thomas Morton, his brother, and 
Roger Wilson, his acquaintance, with Juliana 
Carpenter, maid from Baths in England, ac- 
companied by Alexander Carpenter, her father, 
and Alice Carpenter, her sister, and Anna Rob- 
inson, her acquaintance." "The banns pub- 
lished 6-16 July, 1612 ; the marriage took place 
23 July-2 August, 1612." Mrs. Morton mar- 
ried (second) Manasseh Kempton, Esquire, a 
member of the first and other assemblies of 
the colony. She died at Plymouth, 18 Febru- 
ary, 1665, in the eighty-first year of her age, 
and is mentioned in the town records as "a 
faithful servant of God." Children of George 
and Juliana (Carpenter) Morton: Nathaniel, 
Patience, John, Sarah, Ephraim and George. 

(H) George (2), son of George (i) and 
Juliana (Carpenter) Morton, was bom in Eng- 
land. He married and had issue. 

(HI) Richard, son of George (2) Morton, 
married Ruth , and had issue. 

(IV) Abraham, son of Richard Morton, 
was bom in Hatfield, in May^i676. He mar- 
ried. May 8, 1701, Sarah Kellogg, born May 

2, 1682, daughter of John and Sarah (Moody) 
Kellogg. Children: i. Abraham, bom May 2, 
1703 ; settled probably in Shutesbury. 2. Rich- 
ard, October i, 1704; settled in Athol. 3. 
Sarah, April, 1707; married Samuel Smith. 
4. Samuel, September 8, 1709; married Lydia 
Smith; settled in Athol. 5. Abigail, Januar}*^ 
6, 171 1, died February i, 1715. 6. Moses, died 
young. 7. Daniel, mentioned below. 8. Abi- 
gail, February i, 1723, died young. 9. Noah, 
settled in Athol ; married Rhoda Waite. 

(V) Daniel, son of Abraham Morton, was 
born December 23, 1720, at Hatfield, died June 
20, 1786. He lived on Chestnut Plain street, 
Whateley, where the house of the late Rufus 
Dickinson now stands. He married (first), in 
1743, Esther Bardwell, born December 16, 1723. 
died October 27, 1762, daughter of Ebenezer 
and Mary (Field) Bardwell, of Hatfield. He 
married (second) Eleanor Waite, December 6, 
1764, a daughter of John and Submit (Hast- 
ings) Waite. John Waite was the oldest son 
of the famous Sergeant Ben Waite, the hero 
of the Connecticut valley as an Indian fighter. 
Eleanor Waite was born April 4, 1730, died 
April I, 1816, aged eighty-six years. Children : 
I. Hannah, born September 7, 1744; married 
Matthew Graves. 2. Tabitha, July i, 1747; 
married Dr. Charles Doolittle. 3. Sarah, De- 
cember 14, 1749; married Oliver Smith. 4- 
Mercy, November 25, 1751 ; married John 
Lamson. 5. Joel, December 22^ 1754. 6. Dan- 
iel, February 12, 1756. 7. Esther, November 

3, 1758; married Dr. Lucius Doolittle. 8. Jus- 
tin, September 25, 1760. 9. Consider, October 
12, 1762. 10. Tirzah, January 24, 1771 ; mar- 
ried William Mather. 11. Roxy, mentioned 

(VI) Roxy, daughter of Daniel Morton,, 
married Isaac Smith (see Smith VI). 

(The Skiff Line). 

Mason M. Skiff is a son of Valentine Skiff,, 
and a direct descendant of James Skiff, the 
ancestor of all the Skiffs in America, claiming 
early colonial ancestry. He was of Welsh 
birth and ancestry, but came to America from 
England, at what precise time is unknown. He 
was a proprietor of Lynn, Massachusetts, in 
1637, but nothing is known of him with cer- 
tainty, prior to that date. He removed to* 
Sandwich, Massachusetts, in that year. Lynn 



was a grant from old Plymouth, and settle- 
ment began there in 1629, incorporated in 1630. 
On October 3, 1639, the general court, at Sand- 
wich, "Resolved that a summons be sent James 
Skiff to answer to things as shall be objected 
against him in regard to traducing the law 
about refusing to take the oath of fidelity." In 
1659 James Skiff, town deputy from Sand- 
wich, was rejected by the general court for 
his "toleration of Quakers." He was one of 
the first eleven members of the church in Sand- 
wich, and was often chosen for responsible 
duty. He died later than 1688, as he was 
known to have been alive on that date. The 
maiden name of his wife, Mary, is unknown. 
She died in Sandwich, September 21, 1673. 
Their eleven children, all bom in Sandwich, 
Massachusetts, were : James, Stephen, Nathan- 
iel, Samuel, Bathsheba, Mary, Miriam, Pa- 
tience, Benjamin, Nathan and EUzabeth. 

Valentine, great-great-grandson of the emi- 
grant, James Skiff, was bom in Goshen, Mas- 
sachusetts, in 1818. He, early in life, learned 
the trade of jeweler, and was located in dif- 
ferent towns and cities in Massachusetts. In 
1845 he located in Springfield, Massachusetts, 
in company with E. A. Whipple, forming the 
firm of Skiff & Whipple. In 1848 and 1849 
Mr. Skiff published the first directory of Spring- 
field. About 1850 he removed to Savannah, 
Georgia, where he continued the jewelry busi- 
ness until the spring of 1863, remaining there 
during the first two years of the civil war. 
Then fearing impressment in the confederate 
army he closed out his business, and, with a 
party of ten Union men like himself, made his 
way to the Union lines, through the mountains 
of Tennessee and Kentucky. He established a 
jewelry business in Northampton, Massachu- 
setts, afterward conducted by his brother, J. M. 
Skiff. His health failing he again went south 
and conducted a business in Athens, Georgia, 
for twenty years. In July, 1901, he came north, 
and, on September 17, of that year, was thrown 
from a wagon in Williamsburgh, Massachu- 
setts, death resulting. He was a member of 
the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and 
a highly-respected man. He married (first) 
Grace, daughter of David S. Mason, one of the 
first woolen manufacturers in this country. 
She died in Savannah, Georgia, 1853. He 
married (second), in 1858, Arminda Webb, of 
New Paltz, New York. Children by first wife: 
Mason M., of further mention ; Valentine, died 
immarried ; Charles W., of Westfield, Massa- 

chusetts. Child by second wife: Viola, mar- 
ried Thomas Hampton. 

Mason M., son of Valentine and Grace 
(Mason) Skiff, was born at Sherburne Falls, 
Massachusetts, November 14, 1842. He was 
educated in the public schools, entered Union 
College, Schenectady, New York, whence he 
was graduated. After following mining engi- 
neering for a time he adopted his father's busi- 
ness and became a jeweler. During the civil 
war he was at Savannah with his father, later 
coming north and engaging in the jewelry busi- 
ness, with an uncle, in New York City. About 
1866 he settled in Jamestown, New York, 
where he continued in the jewelry business 
until 1876. He then became interested in 
banking and has since been connected with 
several of the leading banks and trust com- 
panies of that city, many of which he helped 
to organize. He is vice-president of the Bank 
of Jamestown, and is considered one of the 
wisest and best financiers in the city, and a 
thoroughly well-equipped man for any busi- 
ness. He is a Democrat in politics, and a 
member of the Episcopal church, which he 
has served as vestryman. He married (first) 
Mrs. Sophy Putnam; no children. He mar- 
ried (second), February 4, 1875, Mary Love 
Smith, daughter of Major Hiram and Lucy 
(Love) Smith, of Chautauqua county. New 
York (see Smith VIII). Children: Marion, 
born September 5, 1876; Bertha, March 25, 
1878: Warner Mason, October 5, 1883. 

The Crandalls of Rhode Is- 
CRANDALL* land are of Welsh descent, 

the name in that language 
being Craum Dell, meaning iron dell. Several 
of this name arrived at Boston, Massachusetts, 
as early as 1634. 

(I) The ancestor of the New York branch. 
Rev. John Crandall, appears in Massachusetts 
records in 1635. At that time the persecution 
of Roger Williams was causing great excite- 
ment in the colonies, many being opposed to 
the extreme measures of the Puritans. In the 
autumn of 1635 the church at Salem dismissed 
him from their pulpit, and he was ordered to 
leave the colony in six weeks. In the winter of , 
1636 the authorities at Boston ordered his 
arrest, but he learned of their plans and fled 
into the wilderness, reaching Narragansett Bay 
in the spring. He was treated kindly by the 
sachems of Narragansett Indians, from whoni 
he obtained large grants of land and founded 



the city of Providence. Rev. John Crandall 
was also persecuted for his religious opinions, 
and, after his imprisonment in Boston, sought 
safety in Providence, soon after was of New- 
port, where he was associated with the early 
Baptists, later still was of Westerly, Rhode 
Island, where he was the first elder of the 
Baptist church. He was prominent in the 
latter town, which he represented as deputy. 
He died at Newport, Rhode Island, 1678, hav- 
ing moved there on account of the Indian 
war. He had two wives ; the first died August 
I, 1670, the second wife, Hannah, died 1678. 
Children of first wife: i. John, died 1704; 
married Elizabeth Gorton; five children. 2. 
James. 3. Jane, died 171 5; married Job Bab- 
cock. 4. Sarah, married Josiah Witter. 5. 

Peter, died 1734; married Mary ; he 

was deputy, justice of the peace, and lieutenant. 
6. Joseph, died 1737; married Deborah Bur- 
dick; three children. 7. Samuel, died 1736; 
married (first) Sarah Colley; married (sec- 
ond) Hannah Gay lord ; seven children. Chil- 
dren of second wife: 8. Jeremiah, died 1718; 
married Priscilla Warner. 9. Eber, of whom 

(II) Eber, youngest son of Rev. John and 
his second wife, Hannah Crandall, was born 
1676, died 1727. He was made a freeman of 
Westerly, June 29, 1702. He bought land in 
1709; will proved September 15, 1727. He 
lived in Westerly and Newport, Rhode Island. 

He married (first) , (second) 

Lanphere, (third) Mary Cottrell, who 

died 1727. In his will he says: "To my wife 
Mary equal share of whole estate, with all her 
children and mine that I had also by my for- 
mer wife, to each child, John, Eber, Samuel, 
Joseph, children I had by my second wife and 
to my five children, that my now wife hath 
living, Mary, Nathaniel, Jonathan, Ebenezer 
and Jeremiah, one-tenth of estate, when said 
children are of age. Executors may sell land 
and put children out apprentice." 

(III) Jeremiah, ninth child of Eber, and 
youngest by his third wife, Mary (Cottrell) 
Crandall, was baptized 1718, in Rhode Island; 
died at Ghent, Columbia county. New York. 
About the time of the revolutionary war he 

' settled in Dutchess county. New York, later 
joining others of his family in Ghent. He 
married, at South Kingston, Rhode Island, 
February 2, 1746-47, Elizabeth Casey, bom in 
Kingston, Rhode Island, 1720, daughter of 
Samuel Casey, born about 1686, died March, 

1752; married, September 23, 1715, Dorcas 
Ellis, who died prior to 1744, daughter of 
James Ellis, of Stonington, Rhode Island. Sam- 
uel was a son of Thomas Casey, bom 1637, 
died at Newport, Rhode Island, 171 1 ; married 
Sarah Davis, who died in 1706. Children of 
Jeremiah Crandall : Samuel, of whom further ; 
Esther, born March 13, 1753; Jeremiah, Sep- 
tember 19, 1755 ; Dorcas, May 24, 1758 ; James, 
January 29, 1764, died July 22, 1848. 

(IV) Samuel, eldest child of Jeremiah and 
Elizabeth (Casey) Crandall, was bom in South 
Kingston, Rhode Island, September 18, 1750; 
died in the town of Ghent, Columbia county. 
New York, August 25, 1822. He settled in 
Dutchess county. New York, after his mar- 
riage and prior to the revolutionary war. He 
was a member of the Society of Friends and 
a school teacher. He removed to Columbia 
county about 1794. At the first election held in 
Chatham, in that county, April 7, 1818, he was 
elected commissioner of public schools. There 
. was quite a numerous settlement of Quakers 
in the eastern part of the town of Ghent, and 
among them none bore a better reputation than 
Samuel Crandall. He married, January 11^ 
1776, in Dutchess county, Kezfah Stillwell. 
Children: Esther, bom August 4, 1776, died 
1777; William Pitt, October 31, 1777; Anna, 
November 20, 1780, died 1782; Mercy, Febru- 
ary 4, 1783; Stephen, of whom further; Paul- 
ine, September 7, 1790; Elihu, September 2, 


(\ ) Stephen, fifth child and second son of 

Samuel and Keziah (Stillwell) Crandall, was 
born in Dutchess county, New York, Decem- 
ber 9, 1786; died December 12, 1839, at Port- 
land, New York. He moved from Kinder- 
hook to Portland, New York, 1836. He mar- 
ried, January 22, 1818, Christianna Benjamin, 
born at Ghent, New York, June 12, 1792, died 
October i, 1868, daughter of William Benja- 
min, born at Preston, Connecticut, April 16, 
1768, died November, 1841. He married, Janu- 
ary 24, 1790, Mary Juliana Beebe, died Febru- 
ary 7, 1832, aged sixty-three years, daughter 
of John Beebe, born December 5, 1727; mar- 
ried, November 9, 1749, Mary Hill, daughter 
of James, and granddaughter of John Hill. 
John Beebe, son of John Beebe, born Decem- 
ber T, 1701, at New London, Connecticut, died 
July 15, 1788, at Canaan, New York; mar- 
ried, about 1726, Ruth Pratt, born March 16, 
1706, died September 15, 1794, daughter of 
Joseph and Sarah Pratt. John Beebe, son of 



Benjamin Beebe, bon> about 1663, at New 
London, Connecticut, died about 1752; mar- 
ried Hannah Wheeler. Benjamin Beebe, son 
of John Beebe, born 1628, died 1708; married 
Abigail York, about 1655, born 1638, died 
March 9, 1725, daughter of James York, of 
Stonington. William Benjamin, son of Eben- 
€zer Benjamin, died December 22, 1789, at the 
age of fifty-five years; married, November 26, 
1 761, his cousin, Phoebe Benjamin, baptized 
September 29, 1745, died November 2, 181 3, 
daughter of Daniel Benjamin, born in Preston, 
Connecticut, September 17, 1714, died July 31, 
1756; married Phoebe Guile, March 13, 1739, 
or 1740. Daniel Benjamin was brother of 
Obed Benjamin, who was born in Barnstable, 
Massachusetts, August 15, 1701, died 1738; 
married Mary Yarrington. Obed Benjamin 
was son of Joseph Benjamin, bom 'about 1664, 
at Barnstable, Massachusetts, died 1738; mar- 
ried, August 25, 1698, Elizabeth Cook, of Pres- 
ton, Connecticut. Joseph Benjamin was son 
of Joseph Benjamin, who was born in New 
Town (Cambridge, Massachusetts), Septem- 
ber 16, 1633, son of John Benjamin, the first 
of that name in America, an emigrant from 
England, in 1632. Stephen and Christianna 
( Benjamin) Crandall had ten children : Urania ; 
William Benjamin, of whom further ; Samuel, 
of whom further; James; Hosea Ballou, of 
whom elsewhere ; Mary P. ; Winchester ; Lydia 
H. ; Edward ; Matilda. 

(VI) \yilliam Benjamin, eldest son of Ste- 
phen and Christianna (Benjamin) Crandall, 
born in Dutchess county, New York, August 
22, 1820; died in Westfield, New York, July 
16, J890. He married, November 16, 1848, at 
Westfield, New York, Sylvia S. Bandall, born 
February 19, 1825, at Winsted, Connecticut, 
daughter of Samuel Bandall, of Winchester, 
born 1799, married (first) Mariam Amelia 
Hart, bom 1802, (second) Thirza Russell. 
Mariam Amelia Hart, daughter of Samuel 
Hart, born 1771, at Southington, Connecticut, 
died March 2i5, 1826. He married Mariam Bas- 
sett, of V^ermont, born May 5, 1776, daughter 
of Elemueland Patience (Waters) Bassett. He 
w^as a son of Abel and Mariam (Tuttle) Bas- 
sett, grandson of Joseph and Mariam (Brad- 
ley) Bassett, and great-grandson of Captain 
John Bassett, born December 24, 1642, died 
February 8, 1714; married Mercy, daughter of 
Christopher Todd, baptized February 18, 1656, 
died April 8, 17 17. Samuel Hart, son of Luke 
Hart, bom January 8, 1738, or 1739, at South- 

ington, Connecticut; married, March, 1764, 
Deborah, born November 10, 1734, at Branford, 
Connecticut, daughter of Benjamin Barnes, 
born December 13, 1702, died February 11, 
1770. He married, December 7, 1727, Han- 
nah Abbott. The son of Stephen Barnes, born 
at Southampton, Long Island, married Mary 
Barnes. Stephen, said to be a son of Samuel, 
of Easthampton, Long Island, who was a son of 
Joshua Barnes, of Easthampton, Long Island. 
Luke, son of Hawkins Hart, born March i, 
1 708, at Wallingford, Connecticut, died April 17. 
1756, at Southington; married (second), April 
5, 1738, Esther Gridley, born March 17, 1706, at 
Farmington. Hawkins, son of Hawkins Hart, 
born at Farmington, 1677, died May 24, 1735, 
at Wallingford; married, September 7, 1 701, 
Sarah Royce, born April 3, 1683, ^^ Walling- 
ford, Connecticut, died January 31, 1733. He 
was a son of Thomas Hart, bom 1643, ^'^^^ 
August 27, 1726; married Ruth Hawkins, born 
October 24, 1649, died October 9, 1724. Sam- 
uel, son of John George Bandall, bom 1754. 
died April 8, 1832 ; married (first), 1779, Sarah. 
Barber, born 1761, died 1829, daughter of Dr. 
Samuel Barber, born 17 14, died January, 1797 ; 
married (secdnd) Hannah, bom June 8. 1728, 
died 1819, daughter of Noah Humphrey, born 
in Simsbury, 1707, where he died; married, 
April 27, 1726, Hannah Case, born January 
30, 1698-99. Noah, son of Samuel Humphrey, 
born May 15, 1656, died June 15, 1736; mar- 
ried Mary Mills, born December 8, 1662, died 
April 4, 1730. Samuel, son of Michael Humph- 
rey, who married, October 14, 1647, Priscilla 
Grant, born in England, September 14, 1626. 
Dr. Samuel (2) Barber, son of Samuel (i) 
Barber, who was born 1690, died December 18, 
1725; married, December 17, 1712, Sarah Hol- 
comb. He was a son of Lieutenant Thomas Bar- 
ber, baptized July 14, 1644, died May 10, 1713; 
married. December 17, 1663, Mary (Phelps) 
Marcy. Lieutenant Thomas Barber, son of 
Thomas Barber, born 1614, died September 10, 

1662 ; married, October 7, 1640, Jane . 

who died September 11, 1662. William Benja- 
min and Sylvia S. (Bandall) Crandall had two 
children: Samuel Charles, of whom further; 
Frank William, of whom further. 

(VII) Samuel Charles, son of William Ben- 
jamin and Sylvia S. (Bandall) Crandall, was 
born in Westfield, New York, March 18, 1853. 
He was educated in Westfield and attended 
Westfield Academy. A year after attaining 
his majority he established an undertaking 



house in his native town, which he still con- 
tinues. He is prominent in all enterprises for 
thfe benefit of Westfield and Chautauqua county, 
being one of the prime movers in establishing 
the local telephone company of Westfield. He 
is manager as well as a director of this com- 
pany, besides holding directorships in various 
other telephone companies in adjacent towns. 
He held the office of president of the village of 
Westfield for three terms, and, for fifteen 
years, was coroner of Chautauqua county. He 
is also prominent in educational work, being a 
member of the board of managers of the Fre- 
donia State Normal School. In politics he is 
a Republican. By the will of the late Hon. S. 
Frederick Nixon, of Westfield, he was made 
one of the executors of his estate, which occu- 
pies much of his time. He is a member of the 
Masonic order, belonging to Summit Lodge, of 

He married, September 19, 1888, in West- 
field, New York, Eugena S., born in West- 
field, New York, daughter of James and Mary 
(Bell) Johnston. Children: Herbert J., born 
October 18, 1890; William Bell, September 20, 

(Vn) Frank William, son of William Ben- 
jamin and Sylvia S. (Bandall) Crandall, was 
born April 30, 186 1, in Westfield, New York. He 
received his education in Westfield, graduating 
from Westfield Academy in 1880. He chose 
banking for his life work, and his success has 
certainly justified the choice. On July i, 1880, 
he entered the First National Bank of West- 
field, as office boy. By his close application to 
his work and his willingness, together with his 
courteous manner toward those with whom 
he had dealings, he gained the confidence of 
his employers, and his advance through the 
lower grades of banking was rapid. Seven 
years after entering the bank he was made 
assistant cashier. In 1890 he was elected a 
director of the bank, and, in 1892, was appoint- 
ed cashier. He held this position until he was 
advanced to the position he now holds, that 
of vice-president. Mr. Crandall did not con- 
fine himself to the Westfield bank. He was 
one of the organizers of the banking firm of 
E. A. Skinner & Company, of Ripley, which 
was opened January 20, 1891. This institution 
developed into the First National Bank, of 
Ripley, New York, and received its charter 
from the government September i, 1902. Mr. 
Crandall is president of this institution. He 
has given much of his time in the service of 

his village, having acted as clerk from 1884 to 
1887. I^ 1893 he was elected president of the 
village, and reelected in 1894-95. From 1896 
to 1908 he was a member of the water board 
commissions, serving as president and superin- 
tendent. He was one of the incorporators of 
the Patterson Library, of Westfield, of which 
he has been treasurer since 1896. This is an- 
other position which he occupies solely for the 
public benefit. He has been connected with 
the supreme treasurer's office of the Royal 
Arcanum for over thirty years, and there, as 
elsewhere, has proven of great value. 

He was reared in the Methodist Episcopal 
faith, but, in 1887, he became connected with 
St. Peter's Episcopal Church, and, for many 
years, has acted as its treasurer, and he is now 
senior warden and is one of the church sup- 
porters. He has been a member of the board 
of visitation of the Gowanda State Hospital 
since 1902, a position which he has held by the 
appointment of the governor of the state of 
New York. In no position which he has at- 
tempted to fill has Mr. Crandall failed in any 
respect. His rapid rise in the First National 
Bank, of Westfield, prophesied a career of 
great usefulness, and this prophecy has assur- 
edly been fulfilled. He has been a lifelong 
resident of Westfield, and is numbered among 
its foremost citizens, respected and admired by 
all. His life has been a shining example to all 
young men, showing that nothing is needed to 
succeed but character, determination and per- 

He married, June 29, 1887, in Westfield, 
New York, Catherine Louise Patterson, bom 
in Corning, New York, July 23, 1862, daughter 
of George Washington Patterson. Children: 
I. Francis William, born January 13, 1889; 
graduate of Yale College, B. A., 191 1. 2. 
George Patterson, bom June 21, 1891 ; entered 
Yale College, 191 1. 

(The Patterson Line). 

John Patterson was bom about 1640, in 
Argyleshire, Scotland, probably died in Priest- 
land, Ireland. He moved to Priestland, near 
Bush Mills, Antrim county, Ireland, about 
1680. He was at the historic siege of Derry, 
'with his family, from December, 1688, to July, 
1689, where one of his sons died of starvation, 
being found dead with his mouth full of weeds. 

(II) Robert, son of John Patterson, was 
born about i(566, in Scotland; died at Priest- 
land, Ireland. He lived, nearly all his life, on 




the Priestland homestead, which, at his death, 
he bequeathed to his son John. He married, 
about 1689-90, Rachel Thompson. Children: 
John, Robert, Rachel. 

(III) John (2), son of Robert and Rachel 
(Thompson) Patterson, born 1690, in Priest- 
land, county Antrim, Ireland ; died there. He 
married, probably early in 1709, Sarah Farrier, 
who died in county Antrim, Ireland. Children : 
Robert, John, William, James, Peter. 

(IV) Peter, son of John (2) and Sarah 
(Farrier) Patterson, was bom in Priestland, 
county Antrim, Ireland, 1715 ; died at London- 
derry, New Hampshire, March 28, 1800. He 
was the American emigrant of the Patterson 
family, settling in Londonderry, New Hamp- 
shire, in 1737. He married, March 22, 1744, 
Grizel Wilson, bom October 14, 1722, at Lon- 
donderry, New Hampshire, died June 29, 181 7, 
at Londonderry, daughter of Thomas Wilson, 
died in Londonderry, June 28, 1772. He mar- 
ried Grizel Carr. Thomas Wilson was the son 
of James and Margaret (Ross) Wilson. Peter 
and Grizel (Wilson) Patterson had ten chil- 
dren: Robert, Thomas, Sarah, John, Rachel, 
Margaret, Sarah, Grizel, James, Elizabeth. 

(V) Thomas, son of Peter and Grizel (Wil- 
son) Patterson, was born at Londonderry, New 
Hampshire, October 23, 1746; died at London- 
derry, New Hampshire, May 20, 1834. He 
was a farmer in his native town, and served 
through the revolutionary war. He married, 
June I, 1775, Elizabeth Wallace, bom in Lon- 
donderry, New Hampshire, October 4, 1755, 
died December 30, 1833, daughter of James 
Wallace, born in Ireland, 1 71 2, died Octo- 
ber 30, 1791, in Londonderry, New Han^)- 
shire; married, December 17, 1742, Mary, born 
July 28, 1720, died February 13, 1814, daugh- 
ter of James Wilson, born in Ireland, died 
January, 1721 ; married Elizabeth Fulton, 1719, 
bom in Ireland, 1697, died July 8, 1732. James 
Wallace was' the son of Thomas Wallace, who 
^vas bom in Ireland, 1672, died August 22, 
1754, in Londonderry, New Hampshire; mar- 
ried, in Ireland, 1704, Barbary Cochrane, bom 
in Ireland, about i67i6, died September 2, 1771, 
in Londonderry, New Hampshire. Thomas 
and Elizabeth (Wallace) Patterson had twelve 
children : Grizel, James, Peter, Robert, Mary, 
Margaret, Thomas, William, Elizabeth, David, 
Jane, George Washington. 

(VI) G«)rge Washington, son of Thomas 
and Elizabeth (Wallace) Patterson, was bom 
at Londonderry, New Hampshire, November 

II, 1799; died in Westfield, New York, Octo- 
ber 15, 1879. He finished his school education 
at the Pinkerton Academy, Deny, New Hamp- 
shire. In 181 7 he began to teach school at 
Pelham, New Hampshire, but, in 1818, he gave 
up teaching and moved to Leicester, near Mos- 
cow, Livingston county. New York, where he 
engaged in the manufacture of fanning mills, 
in which business he was interested for twenty- 
six years, during which time he was mostly at 
his shops on his farm. He remained there 
until 1841, when he moved to Westfield, New 
York, to take the agency of the Chautauqua 
Land Office, as successor to Governor Seward, 
who succeeded the agent of the Holland Land 
Company, at the Chautauqua office. When 
much of the land had been sold Mr. Patterson 
purchased the remainder and the securities of 
the company and continued the sales at the 
Westfield office until his death, when the title 
to the unsold lands passed to his only son. Mr. 
Patterson began his long career as a public 
servant soon after moving to Leicester, New 
York, and, from 1824 until his death, he was 
only out of the public service for a short time. 
In his case the office always sought the man, 
never the man the office. When the office of 
justice of the peace became elective he was 
chosen for that office, which he held, by suc- 
cessive elections, until he moved to Westfield. 
He was school commissioner, commissioner of 
highways, justice of the peace, brigade pay- 
master and supervisor of Leicester; was a 
member of the state assembly for eight years, 
and speaker of the house in 1839 and 1840. 
After coming to Westfield he was appointed 
basin commissioner, at Albany, by Governor 
Seward; harbor commissioner, at New York, 
by Govemor Clark, ind quarantine commis- 
sioner of the port of New York, by Governor 
Morgan. He was a delegate to the national 
Republican convention that nominated John C. 
Fremont for president, and to the national Re- 
publican convention t^at nominated Abraham 
Lincoln for a second presidential term. He 
was supervisor of Westfield for three years, 
president of Westfield Academy, and president 
of the board of education for many years. He 
represented Chautauqua county in the state 
constitutional convention in 1846; was elected 
lieutenant-govemor of the state of New York 
in 1848, and, in 1876, was elected to the forty- 
fifth session of the national congress by the 
Republican party. He was a director in the 
Buffalo & State Line railroad from the time 



of its organization, June, 1849, until the time 
of its consolidation, May, 1867, and. from that 
date until June, 1868, a director of the Buffalo 
& Erie railroad, now a part of the Lake Shore & 
Michigan Southern railread. Among the legis- 
lative measures originated by him was the free 
banking law of New York, the original bill of 
which he drew and which was passed. The 
main provisions of the free banking laws of 
the United States, giving the people a secured 
currency under governmental supervision, were 
taken from the New York law. He was a 
ready speaker and was in great demand during 
political campaigns. He had a wonderful mem- 
ory for facts and dates and a fund of anecdotes 
to fit every occasion. 

He married, February 24, 1825, Hannah 
Whiting Dickey, born in Londonderry, New 
Hampshire, August 4, 1800, died February 10, 
1886, at Westfield, New York. She was edu- 
cated at the Pinkerton Academy, of London- 
derry, later teaching school at Greigsville, New 
York. She was the daughter of John Dickey, 
born January 19, 1766, died September 12, 
1837; married, November 12, 1795, Rhoda 
Vamum, born January 11, 1775, died August 
31, 1838, daughter of Captain Ebenezer Var- 
num, bom February 23, 1745, died March 
13, 181 3, at Dracut, Massachusetts; married 
(second), March 28, 1768, Hannah, born July 
12, 1742, daughter of Isaac Fox, born February 
17, 1712; married, May 17, 1739, Abigail Pres- 
cott, born February 18, 1716, daughter of Sam- 
uel and Esther (Wheeler) Prescott. Isaac 
Fox was a son of Nathaniel Fox, born Decem- 
ber 18, 1683; married, January 11, 1709, or 
1 7 10, Hannah Merriam. Nathaniel Fox, son 
of Eliphalet Fox, born about 1644, died Au- 
gust 15, 171 1 ; married Mary, daughter of John 
and Ann (How) Stone, widow of Isaac Hunt. 
Captain Ebenezer Vamum was son of Major 
Joseph Varnum, born May 7, 17 10, died Au- 
gust 26, 1783; married, May 25, 1739, Rachel 
Goodhue, born June 28. 1719, died March 16, 
1746, daughter of Ebenezer and Mary (Good- 
hue. Major Joseph Varnum was son of Colo- 
nel Joseph Varnum, born March 15, 1672, died 
December 23, 1749; married, October 3, 1697, 
in Dracut, Massachusetts, Ruth Jewett, bom 
about 1681, died November 28, 1728, daughter 
of Captain Joseph and Ruth (Wood) Jewett. 
Colonel Joseph Varnum was son of Samuel 
Varnum, bom about 1620, at Draycott, Eng- 
land, died after 1673, ^^ Dracut, Massachu- 
setts; married Sarah Langton. John Dickey 

was son of Matthew Dickey, bom November, 
1728, in Ireland, died October 2, 1802. He 
came from Londonderry, Ireland, to London- 
derry, New Hampshire. He was a revolution- 
ary soldier, and also served in the French and 
Indian warsl He married, November, 1764, 
Janet, bom January 28, 1733, died July, 1808, 
daughter of John Wallace, who died March 
20, 1777, and who married. May 18, 1721. 
Annis, daughter of John Barnet. Matthew 
Dickey, son of John Dickey, came from Lon- 
donderry, Ireland, to Londonderry, New Hamp- 
shire, in 1729; married Margaret, born 1679. 
died February 9, 1747, at Londonderry, New 
Hampshire, daughter of Alexander and Cath- 
erine Reed. Hon. George Washington and 
Hannah Whiting (Dickey) Patterson had tw^o 
children : i. George Washington, of whom fur- 
ther. 2. Hannah Whiting, born August 15, 
1835, at Leicester, New York: died May I2» 
1894, at Westfield, New York. She became a 
woman of wide philanthropy. Through her 
generosity the Patterson Library, of Westfield. 
New York, was founded by an endowment of 
$100,000, as a memorial to her parents. She 
was a member of the Presbyterian church, to 
whose missionary work she gave her hearty 
and generous support. Few knew her many 
good works. She died unmarried. 

( VII) George Washington ( 2) , son of George 
Washington ( i ) and Hannah Whiting ( Dickey ) 
Patterson, was born at Leicester, Livingston 
county. New York, February 25, 1826; died at 
Westfield, Chautauqua county. New York, April 
29, 1904. He came from Leicester to West- 
field, witli his parents, in 1841, and attended 
the old Westfield Academy, finishing his pre- 
paration for college at the Lima (New York) 
Seminary. In 1844 he entered Dartmouth Col- 
lege, and graduated in 1848, with the degree 
of B. A., and, in 185 1, with the degree of 
M. A. He was an enthusiastic member of the 
Psi Upsilon fraternity, and was appointed sec- 
retary of his class for life. From 1849 ^^ 
185 1 he studied law in the office of Haven & 
Smith, of Buffalo. He engaged in manufac- 
turing in Westfield, New York, from 1851 to 
1854, and, in this time also, assisted his father 
as agent of the Chautauqua Land Company. 
He then moved to Coming, New York, and. 
for twenty years, followed the banking busi- 
ness, as cashier and president of the George 
Washington Bank. In 1876 he returned to 
Westfield, where he lived until his death. When 
the board of water commissions was oi^n- 



ized, in 1888, Mr. Patterson was elected presi- 
dent, holding this position until ill health com- 
pelled him to resign, in 1901. He thought out 
many ingenious details for the city's water 
system. He organized and was president of 
the Patterson Library, of Westfield, New York, 
which his sister, Hannah W. Patterson, gave 
to the town, as a memorial to her parents. 
During his life he held many positions of trust 
and responsibility, in all of which he served 
faithfully and well. For many years he was 
a vestryman of St. Peter's Church, of West- 

He married, September 17, 1861, at Corn- 
ing, New York, Frances De Etta Todd, born 
in Toddsville, New York, November 4, 1838, 
died June 14, 1909, at Cooperstown, New York, 
and buried at Westfield, New York. She 
moved, with her parents, to Corning, in 1850, 
and attended Coming Academy, and later the 
Cooperstown (New York) Seminary and Fe- 
male Collegiate Institution. After her mar- 
riage, while residing in Westfield, New York, 
she became president of the Union Relief Asso- 
ciation, of Westfield, at the time of its organ- 
ization, which office she held until the time of 
her death. She was a member and, for many 
years, chairman of the Chautauqua county 
committee of the State Charities Aid Associa- 
tion, and was also an officer of the Chautauqua 
County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty 
to Children. Upon the death of her husband 
she became custodian of the Chautauqua land 
office records. When the Patterson Chapter, 
Daughters of the American Revolution, was 
formed, in February, 1898, Mrs. Patterson 
was made regent, which office she held during 
her lifetime. She derived her eligibility to mem- 
bership in that organization from her great- 
grandfathers. Captain Robert Carr, Jehiel Todd 
and Gillis Frink, and from her great-great- 
grandfathers, John Frink and Stephen Wright. 

She was a daughter of Zerah Todd, bom 
November 13, 1813, at Toddsville, New York, 
died July 30, 1886, -at Corning, New York. He 
was a paper manufacturer at Toddsville, New 
York, until 1849, when he moved to Coming, 
New York, and became interested in railroad- 
ing. He was cashier of the George Washing- 
ton Bank, and a trustee of the village of Corn- 
ing. He married, March 20, 1834, Martha, 
born April 8, 181 1, at Toddsville, New York, 
died June 22, 1887, at Corning, New York, 
daughter of Benjamin Wheeler Carr, born No- 
vember 24, 1773, died March 13, 1850; mar- 

ried Lois, born March 27, 1779, died February 
20, 1837, daughter of David and Martha Tillot- 


Benjamin Wheeler Carr, son of Robert Carr,, 
born May 23, 1741, died October 20, 1823; 
married, December 31, 1765, at Plainfield, Con- 
necticut, Prudence, born May 20. 1745, died 
May 8, 1827, daughter of Benjamin Wheeler, 
born June 29, 1704; married, January 29, 1729- 
30, Prudence Huet, born September 26, 171 1. 
Benjamin Wheeler, son of Ephraim Wheeler, 
bom April 26, 1678; married, April 20, 1698, 
Elizabeth Spalding. Ephraim Wheeler, son of 
Sergeant Thomas W^heeler, died December 24, 
1704; married, July 23, 1677, Widow Sarah 
Starnes. Robert Carr, was son of Daniel Carr. 

Zerah Todd w^as son of Lemuel Todd, born 
January 19, 1782, died June 23, 1851 ; married,, 
March i, 1804, Sarah, bom August 28, 1781, 
died March 16, 1876, daughter of Gillis Frink, 
born May 12, 1753, died February 26, 1823; 
married Sarah, born April 22, 1756, died 1844, 
daughter of Stephen Wright, born July 31,. 
1716; married, January 16, 1745-46, Miriam, 
born July 11, 17 19, daughter of Samuel and 
Mary Sikes. Stephen Wright was son of 
Henry Wright, born June 8, 1677, died 1768; 
married, March 15, 171 1, Sarah Root, bom 
July 2Ty 1683. Henry Wright was son of Abe! 
Wright, bom 1631, died October 29, 1725 r 
married, December i, 1659, Martha, daughter 
of Samuel and Martha Kitcherell. Gillis Frink 
was son of John Frink, born October 2, 1732, 
died January 29, 1821 ; married, November 22^ 
1750, Anna VVilcox Pendleton. John Frink 
was son of Benjamin Frink, bom June 25, 
1 7 10; married. January 12, 1732, Tacy Bur- 
dick. Benjamin Frink was son of Lieutenant 
John Frink, born March 18, 1671, died March 
2, 1718; married, February 15, 1693-94, Han- 
nah Prentis, born June, 1672. 

Lemuel Todd was son of Jehiel Todd, born 
November 3, 1761, at Wallingford, Connecti- 
cut, died January 28, 1843 1 married Hannah, 
born October i, 1758, died July 21, 1836, 
daughter of Glover Street, born May 28, 1735, 
died November 28, 1826; married, 1755, Lydia 
Allen, born June 2, 1736, died February 13, 
1 81 7. Glover Street was son of Samuel Street, 
bom May 10, 1707, died October 15, 1792: 
married, November 12, 1734, Keziah Munson, 
born January 13, 1706. Samuel Street was son 
of Samuel Street, born July 2^, 1667, at New- 
Haven, Connecticut; married, July 14, 1690, 
Hannah Glover, born October 10, 1672, died 



July 8, 171 5. Jehiel Todd was son of Stephen 
Todd, born March 23, 1735, died December 23, 
181 1 ; married Rachel Johnson, born March 6, 
1740, died August 26, 1826. Stephen Todd 
was son of Stephen Todd, bom December 4, 
1702, died December 29, 1772; married. May 
26, 1726, Lydia Ives, born March 7, 1709. 
Stephen Todd was son of Samuel Todd, born 
July I, 1672, died December, 1741 ; married, 
September 16, 1698, Susanna Tuttle, born Feb- 
ruary 20, 1679, died October 10, 1737. 

Samuel Todd was the son of Samuel Todd, 
baptized April 20, 1645, died April, 1714; mar- 
ried, November 2f>, 1668, Mary, born April 30, 
1653, died September 26, 1724, daughter of 
William and Abigail (Pritchard) Bradley. 
Samuel Todd was the son of Christopher Todd, 
baptized January 11, 1617, died April 23, 1686, 
at New Haven; married Grace, daughter of 
Michael Middlebrook, of Hold Mills, York- 
shire, England. Christopher Todd came from 
Pontefract, England, to Boston, in 1637 ; was 
a signer of the fundamental agreement in New 
Haven, 1639. He built the first flouring mill 
of the colony of New Haven. He owned con- 
siderable property in what is now the center of 
the city. Christopher Todd was the son of 
William Todd, born June 29, 1593, at Ponte- 
fract, England: interred May 8, 161 7, York, 
England; married. May 22, 1614, Katherine, 
baptized November 29, 1596, daughter of John 
Warde, married, July 22, 1593, Isabel Brew- 
ster. William Todd, son of Sir William Todd, 
married, September 24, 1592, Isabel Rogerson. 
Sir William Todd was sheriff, and, in 1487, 
mayor of York, England. The Todd family 
came about 1400 from Scotland. 

George Washington (2) and^ Frances De 
Etta (Todd) Patterson had four children, all 
bom at Corning, New York: i. Catharine 
Louise, bom July 23. 1862; graduated from 
Vassar College, with the degree of B. A. ; she 
married, June 29, 1887, at Westfield, New 
York, Frank William Crandall. 2. George 
Washington (3), born February i, 1864; he 
graduated from Yale College, in 1884, with 
the degree of B. A., and, in 1891, with that of 
M. A. ; in 1887 he graduated from the Massa- 
chusetts Institute of Technology, with the de- 
gree of B. S. ; he studied law in the Harvard 
Law School in 1888-89; ^^ was awarded the 
degree of Doctor of Philosophy, at Munich, in 
1899 5 he is now a professor of electrical engi- 
neering at the University of Michigan, and 
has written several treatises on electrical and 

mathematical subjects. He married, July 2, 

1890, at Adjrian, Michigan, Merib Susan, daugh- 
ter of Josiah Cass and Angie (Brown) Row- 
ley ; children : i. Gertmde, torn May 30, 1891 ; 
ii. George Washington (4), born January 19, 
1893; iii. Robert Rowley, bom July 31, 1895. 

3. Hannah Whiting, bom March 5, 1866, died 
November 12, 1903, at Rockford, Illinois ; she 
graduated from the school of painting of Vas- 
sar College, in 1885. She married, October 22, 

1891, at Westfield, New York, Harry Faris 
Forbes, bom October 11, 1862, died November 
19, 191 1, of Rockford, Illinois, son of Alex- 
ander Duncan and Elizabeth Ostrum Forbes ; 
children : i. Alexander Duncan, bom April 10, 
1894, died February 10, 1895 ; ii. Duncan Pat- 
terson, bom August 26, 189(5; iii. Harry Faris, 
born October 15, 1900, died October 22, 1900. 

4. Frances Todd, bom May 8, 1868; she took 
the degree of B. A. at Vassar College, in 1888. 
She married, at Westfield, New York, Janu- 
ary 2, 1895, Lieutenant William Harry Faust, 
United States navy, son of Howard S. and 
Elizabeth (Donald) Faust, of Napoleon, New 
York ; children : i. Howard Patterson, bom De- 
cember 10, 1896, in San Francisco, California ; 
ii. Frances Patterson, January 15, 1901, in Ann 
Arbor, Michigan ; iii. Elizabeth Patterson, July 
31. i903» in Buffalo, New York, died August 
16, 1906, in Westfield, New York; iv. George 
Patterson, October 31, 1905, in Buffalo, New 

( VI ) Samuel, second son and 
CRANDALL third child of Stephen (q. v) 

and Christianna (Benjamin) 
Crandall, was bom at Kinderhook, Columbia 
county. New York; died at Brocton, Chau- 
tauqua county, New York, 1904. He was edu- 
cated in the public schools of that early day, 
and, on growing to manhood, became a car- 
penter and builder. He owned a sawmill and 
was a well-known builder, having erected many 
residences in the town. He married Deborah 
Hadden, born in Hunter, Greene county, New 
York, died in Brocton, Chautauqua county, 
in 1907, aged seventy years, daughter of 

Charles and (Eggleston) Hadden. 

Child, Charles F. 

(VII) Charles F., only child of Samuel and 
Deborah (Hadden) Crandall, was born in Broc- 
ton, town of Portland, Chautauqua county. 
New York, July 2, 1868. He was educated in 
the public schools and at Buffalo Business Col- 
lege. After completing his studies he was em- 



ployed at the Brooks Locomotive Works, Dun- 
kirk, New York, going from there to a clerk- 
ship in the offices of the Lake Shore & Michi- 
gan Southern railroad, remaining two years. 
In 1892 he established a gentlemen's clothing 
and furnishing store in the village of Brocton, 
continuing until 1894, when he founded his 
present lumber and hardware business. He 
continued alone until 1901, when he formed a 
partnership with W. I. and F. M. Thayer, 
trading under the firm name of the Brocton 
Hardware & Lumber Company. The business 
was incorporated, with Charles F. Crandall as 
president. In 1906 he purchased an interest 
in the business of his cousin. Jay E. Crandall, 
now the Crandall Panel Company, manufac- 
turers of panels and baskets ; Charles F. Cran- 
dall, secretary and treasurer. Since 1900 he 
has been associated with the Crandall Grape 
Shipping Company, and, for the past two years, 
a director of the State Bank of Brocton. He 
is a member of Lake Shore Lodge, No. 851, 
Free and Accepted Masons, also belongs to 
Chapter and Commandery, at Dunkirk, and 
Ismailia Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, 
at Buffalo. He is a member of the Benevolent 
and Protective Order of Elks, No. 937, and 
Brocton Lodge, No. 284, Knights of !^thias. 
He is an active Republican, and, from 1897 to 
1904, was supervisor, representing Portland on 
the county board. He occupies a leading posi- 
tion in his community, where he is held in the 
highest esteem. 

He married, December 22, 1893, in Brocton, 
Helen M. Roberts, born in Fredonia, New 
York, daughter of Hanson D. and Emma 
(Moss) Roberts, and granddaughter of Theo- 
dore S. Moss. Children, all born in Brocton: 
Marion, March, 1895; Frances, March, 1897; 
Emily, May, 1905; Helen, May, 1907. 

(VI) HoseaBallou, fifth child 
CRANDALL of Stephen (q. v.) and Chris- 

tianna (Benjamin) Crandall, 
was bom at Kinderhook, Columbia county. 
New York, in 1827; died in Brocton, Chau- 
tauqua county, New York, 1893. He came to 
Brocton in 1837, and, for some time, followed 
farming, later became a carpenter and wagon- 
maker. He was also a manufacturer of grape 
baskets, and, in the latter years of his life, en- 
gaged in grape culture. He was well known 
in the town and was highly regarded by his 
associates. He married (first) Sarah Randall, 
(second) Phoebe M., daughter of Andrew Kel- 

sey, (third) Peace Submit Titus. His only 
living child is Jay E., by his second wife. He 
had a child, Armond H., by his first wife. 

(VII) Jay E., son of Hosea Ballou and his 
second wife, Phoebe M. (Kelsey) Crandall, 
was bom at the village of Brocton, Portland^ 
Chautauqua county. New York, September 22, 
i860. He was educated in the public schools, 
and, on the completion of his studies, entered 
commercial life. His most important enter- 
prise was inaugurated April i, 1887, when 
he began the manufacture of grape baskets 
in Brocton, the numerous vineyards of the 
town making a demand for large quantities of 
baskets. From a small beginning this has be- 
come a large and flourishing business. In 1903 
L. H. Skinner was admitted a partner, and 
equipment was installed in the enlarged factory 
for the manufacture of veneer panels. In 
1906 he admitted his cousin, Charles F. Cran- 
dall, and the firm reorganized as the Crandall 
Panel Company, with Jay E. Crandall, presi- 
dent. This is a most prosperous enterprise, 
and converts a large amount of raw material 
into a beautiful, finished product, for which 
there is an increasing demand. Mr. Crandall 
is also connected with the Crandall Grape Ship- 
ping Company, an important factor in handling 
the immense grape crop of Chautauqua county. 
He has served two years as president of the 
village corporation and twelve years as trustee. 
He is a member of the Masonic Order, of 
Brocton, and of the Knights of Pythias. 

He married, March 16, 1884, in Brocton, 
Julia Adella Cary, born in Sheridan, daughter 
of Martin and Lydia (Harris) Cary. Chil- 
dren: Olive M., bora March 11, 1885; Lizzie 
Aline, June 3, 1890; Archibald J., August 25, 
1892; Cary Kelsey, January 13, 1895. 

The Partridge family of 
PARTRIDGE Jamestown, New York, 

trace to an American an- 
cestor, John Partridge, of English birth and 
parentage. The origin of the family in Eng- 
land is thus given : 

In the year 1066, at the historic battle of Hastings, 
William, Duke of Normandy, defeated Harold, then 
King of England, and ascended to the English 
throne, and, to his new possession, he soon added 
his own little duchv of Normandy.* To those of his 
countrymen, who nad assisted him in his work of 
conquest, William made grants of lands in the con- 
quered kingdom, the number and size of which de- 
pended upon the value of the service rendered. After 
the death of William his successors carried out this 



same policy, during the wars of the next century. 
AH land of value was soon disposed of, and the 
estates of the British nobles ^ve^e seized, confiscated 
and turned over to the intrepid Normans, who thus 
became the landed gentry of England. Among those 
who thus received grants was one described, by Eng- 
lish antiquarians, as "Partridge, the Norman.'* He 
is said to have emigrated during the reign of Stephen 
(1135-54), and, in recognition of his military service, 
to have received, from Henry H. (1154-89), estates 
in Essex, though the family afterward settled in 
Gloucestershire. Certain it is that, in the next cen- 
tury (1254), "Richard de Pertriche" (that being the 
Norman and original spelling of the name) is in- 
disputably recorded as the head of the family, with 
manors in the county of Gloucester. These royal 
grants not only proved the family to have been in 
high favor at court, but at once marked it as one of 
imcient distinction. 

Concerning the English birth and home of 
John Partridge there is little definite informa- 
tion, but a great deal that may help to prove 
his identity. In volume ii., state records of 
Connecticut, on file in the state house at Hart- 
ford, is the will of John Beebe, dated May 18, 
1650, made on shipboard, while coming to New 
England from England. The will is witnessed 
by John and William Partridge, whose signa- 
tures are identical with those of John and Will- 
iam Partridge, of Medfield, Massachusetts. 
The name of the ship is not mentioned, nor is 
it known from what port in England they sail- 
ed, nor where a landing was made in America. 
The testator describes himself as **John Beebe, 
husbandman, late of Broughton in the county 
of Northampton." The "Visitation of Essex,'' 
made in the year 1634, gives (xiii part, page 
465) the children of Captain John Partridge, 
of Navestock, as: John, aged about fourteen 
years; William, Jane and Margaret. From 
further information obtained from the vicar of 
the parish of Navestock it appears that of these 
children William was born in 1622 ; Margaret. 
1628. In his will, made August 4, 1692, Will- 
iam Partridge, of Medfield, states his age as 
"about seventy years." This would agree with 
the parish records, and indicates the same 
William given in the "Visitations," as the son 
of Captain John Partridge, of Navestock. An- 
other coincidence is in the age of Margaret 
Stacy, of Medfield, relict of Thomas Mason, 
who in her will, made 1695, gives her age as 
about "sixty-seven years." Again the birth 
date of Margaret Partridge, born 1628, agrees. 
John and William Partridge, of Medfield, were 
brothers, and the conclusion seems strong that 
they were the sons of Captain John Partridge, 
of Navestock, England. 

John Partridge, with William, his brother, 
and sister Margery (Margaret), came to Med- 
field, Massachusetts, from Dedham, in 1653. 
He was in Dedham at least a year earlier, for, 
on "ye 7 ye i month, 1652," he shared, with 
others, in the division of five hundred acres of 
land (see Dedham town records, vol. iii., p. 
211). John and William took up their house 
lots in Medfield, in "Bachelors Roe," now 
North street. Their lots were near each other, 
and another near neighbor was Thomas Mason, 
who married Margery (Margaret) Partridge, 
April 23, 1653, the first recorded marriage in 
Medfield. John and William both signed the 
"proprietors agreement," drawn (it is sup- 
posed) by Ralph Wheelock, founder of Med- 
field. They appear to have been good and 
useful citizens, both serving a term as select- 
man, and John being chosen clerk of the market 
in 1672. In 1676, when Medfield was burned 
by the Indians, John's house and barn were 
destroyed, with a quantity of grain and sev- 
eral head of cattle. William Partridge was 
twice married and had a large family. John 
Partridge married, December 18, 1655, Mag- 
dalen, died in Medfield, December 27, 1677, 
daughter of John and Magdalen Bullard, early 
of Watertown, later of Medfield. He died 
May 28. 1706. In his will, proved June 25, 
1706, mention is made of sons John, Eleazer, 
Samuel. Zachariah; daughter Rachel, wife of 
Theophilus Clark ; and three of his grandchil- 
dren, Eleazer and Obadiah Adams and Han- 
nah Rockwood. Children: i. John, of further 
mention. 2. Hannah, born April 15, 1658, died 
March 8, 1680. 5. Deborah, born August 16, 
1662, died November 8, 1736. 4. Abiel, born 
June 13, 1667, died July 2, 1667. 5. Experi- 
ence, twin of Abiel, died July 5, 1667. 6. 
Rachel, born July 12, 1669, died December k 
1717. 7. Samuel, born February 22, 1671, died 
December 12, 1752. 8. Zachariah. bom July 
2, 1674, died September 23, 1716. 9. Mary, 
born February 15, 1677. 

(II) John (2), son of John (i) and Mag- 
dalen (Bullard) Partridge, was bom in Med- 
field, Massachusetts, September 21, 1656. He 
settled in what was later known as Millis, that 
portion of Medfield lying west of the Charles 
river. He was one of the first to settle in that 
section and was active in having it set off as 
the town of Med way. In 17 10 he was chosen 
master of the school established for the resi- 
dents of the west side. He was a deacon of 
the Medway church and quite prominent in 



the town. He was present at Deerfield when 
the news came of the return of the captives 
taken at the Deerfield massacre, and is said to 
have made a copy of Benjamin Waiters letter, 
announcing their arrival at Albany, New York, 
which, in company with John Plimpton, he 
brought to Medfield and delivered to Rev. John 
Willson, by whom it was forwarded to the 
governor of the colony. He married (first), 
December 24, 1678, Elizabeth Rockwood, born 
in Medfield, April 3, 1657, died July 22, 1688. 
daughter of Nicholas and Margaret ( Hol- 
brook) Rockwood. He married (second) Eliz- 
abeth Adams, born in Medfield, March 18, 
1666, died August 14, 1719, daughter of Jona- 
than and Elizabeth (Fuzzell) Adams. He 
married (third), April 17, 1721, Hannah Shef- 
field, born in Sherburne, April 18, 1663, died 
July 19. 1754, daughter of WilHam and Mary 
Sheffield. John Partridge died in Medway, 
December 9, 1743. His will was proved Sep- 
tember 14, 1744. In it all his children are 
named. Stephen, the youngest son, received 
the homestead, but dying before his father, 
and the latter not making a new will the prop- 
erty passed to Stephen's widow, who married 
(second) Abner Ellis. Children by first wife: 
I. Elizabeth, born September 13, 1679, died 
April 25, 1706. 2. Mary, born February 26, 
1681, died February 14, 1754. 3. John, born 
about 1683, ^^^^^ September 6, 1756. 4. Renoni. 
bom May 25, 1687, died December 26, 1769. 
•Children of second marriage : 5. Jonathan, born 
November 25, 1693. 6. Hannah, born March 
16, 1696,* died October 12, 1751. 7. Deborah, 
born March i, 1698, died August 30, 1740. 
S, James, of further mention. 9. Sarah, born 
January 8, 1702. 10. Stephen, born April 16, 
1706, died March 10, 1732. 

(HI) James, son of John (2) and his sec- 
ond wife, Elizabeth (Adams) Partridge, was 
bom in the town of Medfield (Millis), Massa- 
chusetts, October 8, 1700, died March 9, 1769. 
He resided in Medway, where his children 
were bom. He was in the colonial service in 
1722, and, in 1742, purchased his brother Jon- 
athan's farm, near Medway Village. He mar- 
ried, January 29, 1729, Keziah Bullard, bom in 
Medway, December 2, 171 1, died July 25. 1799. 
-daughter of Malachi and Bethia (Fisher) Bul- 
lard. In his will, which was dated April 23, 
1762, he mentions sons James, Malachi, Elea- 
zer, Stephen, Joel, Nathan ; daughters Keziah 
Thompson, Lois Pond, Bethia Hixon, Eliza- 
beth, Lydia and Chloe. Children: i. James, 

born October 10, 1730. 2. Malachi, born No- 
vember 30, 1 73 1. 3. Keziah, born November 
12, 1733, died October 31, 1784. 4. Asa, born 
March 6, 1735, died April 28, 1759. 5. Lois, 
lx)rn September 20, 1736. 6. Bethia, born 
November 22, 1738, died September 5. 1818. 
7. Eleazer, born April 19, 1740, died March 
19, 1834. 8. Lydia, bom December 6, 1743, 
died January 27, 1816. 9. Stephen, born June 
10, 1746, died June 14, 1818. 10. Joel, of fur- 
ther mention. 11. Eunice, born July 26, 1749, 
died young. 12. Nathan, born March 26, 1751, 
died May 25, 1785. 13. Hannah, born Sep- 
tember 19, 1753, died Diecember 25, 1756. 14. 
Pllizabeth, died September 18, 18 18, unmarried. 
15. Chloe, born April 11, 1756. 

(IV^) Joel, son of James and Keziah (Bul- 
lard) Partridge, was born in Medway. Massa- 
chusetts, Febmary 19, 1748, died in the same 
town, February 13, 1823. He resided near 
Medway village, on the farm owned by his 
father. He married Waitstill Morse, bom in 
West Medway, March 6, 1745, died in Med- 
way, March 8, 1825, daughter of Ezekiel and 
Rebecca (Cozzins) Morse. Children: i. Eze- 
kiel, of ifurtlier mention. 2. Abigail, born 
January 9, 1777, died i860; married Ezra 
Adams. 3. Catherine, born April i, 1779, died 
in 1871 ; married Stephen Adams. 4. Tamar, 
born August 8, 1781 ; married Job Partridge. 
5. Joel, born March i, 1784, died August 19, 
1852. 6. Jerusha, bom May 2, 1787; married 
Daniel Mann, of Westboro, Massachusetts. 7. 
Ede, born June 25, 1789; married Nathaniel 
Clark. 8. James, born September 3, 1793, died 
April 26, 1816. 

(V) Ezekiel, son of Joel and Waitstill 
(Morse) Partridge, was born in Medway, 
Massachusetts, July i, 1775, died February 19, 
1826. He resifled in Medway until 1808, then 
removed to W^orcester, Massachusetts, which 
was afterward his home. He married, Febru- 
ary 27, 1800. in Medway, Deborah Harding, 
born May 26, 1775. Children, first four bom 
in Medway, the others in Worcester: i. An 
infant born and died October, 1800. 2. Eliza- 
beth, born October 8, 1802, died September 29, 
1887. 3. Elbridge Gerry, born October 21, 
1804. 4. Almond, born February 20, 1807, died 
August 4, 1838. 5. Joel, born November 11, 
i8cS, died May 22, 1896. 6. Abigail Harding, 
born December 27, 1810, died April 26, 1898; 
married Israel Moore. 7. Albert Adams, of 
further mention. 8. James Seth Harding, Oc- 
tober 19, 1819. 



(VI) Albert Adams, son of Ezekiel and 
Deborah (Harding) Partridge, was born in 
Worcester, Massachusetts, May 2, 1814, died 
at Jamestown, New York, April 18, 1899. He 
was educated in Worcester, Massachusetts. He 
learned the trade of piano making. In 1840 
he settled in Jamestown, New York, where, 
for thirty years he was engaged in the manu- 
facture of furniture, in partnership with Will- 
iam Breed. In 1870 he sold out to his partner, 
and, for ten years, was engaged in oil produc- 
tion, in partnership with Levi C. Wade. He 
was a man of deep religious principles and 
an earnest Bible student. For many years he 
was deacon of the First Baptist Church, of 
Jamestown. He was greatly opposed to human 
slavery and used all his influence towards its 
abolition, taking sides with the foremost Aboli- 
tionists of his day. On the formation of the 
Republican party he joined that organization, 
continuing until his death. He was success- 
ful in business and acquired considerable real 
estate in Jamestown. He was a man of the 
strictest integrity and maintained all his life a 
leading position in his community. He mar- 
ried, in Worcester, Massachusetts, April 17, 
1837, Mary Adaline Taft, born in that city, 
June 2T^ 1812, died in Jamestown, New York, 
February 25, 1895, daughter of Adolphus and 
Sarah E. Taft. Children: i. Mary E., born 
July 3, 1838, at Worcester, Massachusetts; 
died February, 1879; married Rev. James 
Thomas Sunderland; children: Albert, Anna, 
Lester, Ruth, Ralph and Clyde, the latter de- 
ceased. 2. Albert Harding, born August 9, 1840, 
in Jamestown, New York ; died March, 1884 ; 
married Jennie C. Dale ; children : Charles, de- 
ceased ; Joseph, Fred, both of Pittsburgh, Penn- 
sylvania; Dale, deceased. 3. George A., born 
August 3, 1842, at Jamestown, New York; 
died March 20, 1843, ^^ Boston, Massachu- 
setts. 4. Adaline E., born May 9, 1844, in 
Jamestown, New York; died January, 1884; 
married Horace A. Fox; no issue. 5. Ellen 
M., born May 15, 1846, at Jamestown, New 
York; resides in Akron, Ohio, unmarried. 6. 
Elbridge Gerry, of further mention. 7. Abby 
R., bom March 14, 1850, in Jamestown, New 
York ; died April 6, 1895, in Jamestown, New 
York; married Marcus N. Ahlstrom; child, 
Gladys M. 8. Emma F., bom July 3, 1852, in 
Jamestown, New York; married Jackson H. 
Harder, now of Pontiac, Michigan. 9. Maria 
A., bom September 25, 1854, in Jamestown, 
New York ; married Dr. James P. Boyd ; chil- 

dren : James, of Cleveland, Ohio ; Althea, mar- 
ried Jackson Moody, of Akron, Ohio; Robert, 
now deceased, and Marie. This family resides 
at Akron, Ohio. 

(VII) Elbridge Gerry, son of Albert Adams 
and Mary A. (Taft) Partridge, was bom in 
Jamestown, New York, May 12, 1848. After 
attending the public schools of Jamestown he 
entered, in 1865, Cedar Valley Seminary, from 
whence he was graduated in 1868. After com- 
pleting his studies he traveled through the 
southern states, and, for a few months, was 
located in Kentucky, after which he returned 
to Jamestown, New York, and, for two years, 
was in charge of the office of the George 
Wood & Company, a furniture manufacturing 
company. He then entered the employ of 
Henry Comstock, undertaker and furniture 
dealer. In association with Messrs. Breed, 
Aldrich and Johnson he conducted a business, 
for five years, under the firm name of E. G. 
Partridge & Company, and then sold his inter- 
est to his partners. He later associated in 
business with Theodore F. Van Dusen, with 
whom he continued for two years. He then 
purchased his partner's interest and has since 
conducted business alone. He is the leading 
undertaker of his city, and conducts a thor- 
oughly modem mortuary establishment at 21 
West Second street. His residence, at 25 Me- 
chanic street, was formerly the home of his 
father.. He is a prominent member of the 
Masonic order, affiliated with Mt. Moriah 
Lodge, No. 145, Free and Accepted Masons; 
Western Sun Chapter, No. 67, Royal Arch 
Masons; Jamestown Commandery, No. 61, 
Knights Templar; Ismailia Temple, Mystic 
Shrine, of Buifalo, and is a thirty-second de- 
gree Mason of the Ancient and Accepted Scot- 
tish Rite, Buffalo Consistory. He is also a 
member of the Benevolent and Protective Or- 
der of Elks. In politics he is a Republican, 
and in religious faith a Congregationalist. 

He married (first), in Maywood, Cook coun- 
ty, Illinois, Althea Chase Merrill, who died 
May 28, 1884. She was a daughter of Ed- 
ward F. and Anna (Chase) Merrill. He mar- 
ried (second) Florence Anne Clement, born at 
San Prarie, Illinois, daughter of Samuel and 
Sarah E. (Thompson) Clement, a descendant 
of John Dix, a revolutionary soldier. Chil- 
dren of first marriage, born at Jamestown, New 
York: i. George H., bom January 19, 1873; 
now superintendent of the Metal Door Manu- 
facturing Company, of Bradford, Pcnnsyl- 



vania. 2. Albert G., born August 25, 1880; 
now secretary to the president of the Fire 
Stone Tire & Rubber Company, of Akron, 
Ohio; he married Edith Harpham. 3. Louis 
M., bom January 20, 1883; now in business 
with his father ; he married Lulu C. Shearman. 
Child of second marriage : 4. Genevieve Sarah, 
born June 10, 1887; resides at home. 

James (2) Kidder, son of James 
KIDDER (i) Kidder, was born in 1626, 
at East Grinstead, county of 
Sussex, England. He was of Cambridge, Mas- 
sachusetts, 1649. He removed to Billerica, 
where he had land granted him. He married, 
in 1649, Ann, daughter of Elder Francis Moore. 
Children, born in Cambridge : Hannah, Doro- 
thy, James, John, Thomas, Nathaniel, Eph- 
raim, Stephen, Samuel, Sarah, Joseph. James 
Kidder, the father, died April 16, 1676. Ann, 
his widow, married (second) William Under- 

(HI) Ephraim, son of James (2) and Ann 
(Moore) Kidder, was born in Cambridge, 
Massachusetts, August 31, 1660. He inherit- 
ed the family homestead at Billerica, where he 
died September 25, 1724. He married, August 
4, 1685, Rachel Crosby, who died in 1721. Chil- 
dren: Joseph, Ephraim (2), Rachel, Hannah, 
Dorothy, twin of Hannah; Thomas, Benja- 
min, Richard. 

(IV) Richard, son of Ephraim and Rachel 
(Crosby) Kidder, was born in Billerica, Mas- 
sachusetts, May 10, 1705. He removed to 
Dudley, Massachusetts,, where he was one of 
the early settlers. Dudley was incorporated 
a town, June i, 1732. The first town meeting 
was held "at the house of William Carters,*' 
March 20, 1733. Among other officers elected 
were five selectmen, of whom Richard Kidder 
was fourth. March 13, 1735, he was chosen 
on a committee concerning church affairs. 
March 30, 1739, he was elected third select- 
man, again elected March 28, 1743, and March 
3, 1745. He was elected constable "for the 
east end of ye town," March 6, 1749. He was 
elected surveyor of highways, March 15, 1759. 
He now drops from the records, his sons tak- 
ing his place in the public life of the town. He 
seems to have been a well-to-do, active citi- 
zen, and had the confidence of his townsmen. 
His wife's name was Hannah, but the Dudley 
records do not give her surname. Children: 
I. Rachel, born October 8, 1729; married Jesse 
Dimmock, May 4, 175 1. 2. Hannah, born No- 


vember 8, 1731 ; married, August 17, 1775, 
Alexander Brown. 3. Samuel, of further men- 
tion. 4. Eunice, bom December 7, 1735; mar- 
ried, April 16, 1765, Joseph Upham. 5. Rich- 
ard, born May 9, 1738. 6. David, born June 
28, 1740; married, February 3, 1768, Susanna 
Upham. 7. Benjamin, bom September 27, 
1743; served in the revolutionary war, and 
held many important town offices in Dudley; 
he married, November 9, 1775, Phebe Sabin. 
8. Nathaniel, born August 8, 1746, died De- 
cember 9, 1756. 9. Thomas, born August 21, 


(V) Samuel, third child and eldest son of 

Richard and Hannah Kidder, was born in Dud- 
ley, Massachusetts, Febmary 8, 1734. At a 
town meeting, held March i, 1762, he was 
elected "sealer of leather," and reelected twelve 
years in succession, until 1775. In 1734, and, 
in 1769, he was also elected "tithing man.". In 
1776 he was elected constable for the west end 
of the town of Dudley. In 1776 the town 
meeting voted : "To grant Samuel Kidder's and 
others petition to have Innoculation for the 
Small Pox set up in our town." He married, 
September 27, 1787, Zilpah Bacon. They had 
two children baptized at Dudley: Ezbi (writ- 
ten also Ezbai) and Nathan, both baptized 
January 23, 1791. Soon after this he removed 
to Vermont, where he followed farming, and 
died January, 1805. I" Vermont five children 
were bom, two sons and three daughters. 

(VI) Ezbi or Ezbai, eldest son of Samuel 
and Zilpah (Bacon) Kidder, was baptized in 
the Dudley, Massachusetts, church, January 
23, 1 79 1, probably having been born two years 
earlier. He was but an infant when his par- 
ents removed to Wardsboro, Vermont, where 
he received his early education. After the 
death of his father, in 1805, he became the 
head of the family and support of his widowed 
mother. In 181 3 he came to Chautauqua coun- 
ty. New York, probably on a prospecting trip, 
for he soon returned to Vermont. In 1816 he 
again came to Chautauqua county, settling in 
the town of Carroll (now Kiantone). He was 
a carpenter by trade, and, in connection with 
farming, carried on contracting and building. 
Many of the old farm houses and barns, in 
Carroll and Kiantone, were built by him dur- 
ing his active years. His farm of one hun- 
dred acres was purchased from a Mr. Blowers, 
one of the early settlers of Jamestown. Mr. 
Kidder was a Republican in politics, coming 
into that party at its formation, having previ- 



ously been a Whig. At the first town meet- 
ing, held March 6, 1826, in Carroll, he was 
elected highway commissioner, and, in 1838, 
supervisor. When the town of Kiantone was 
formed, at the election held February 23, 1854, 
he was elected the first supervisor of that town. 
He was a member of the First Congregational 
Church, of Jamestown, and a man highly es- 
teemed. He married, in 1824, Louisa, daugh- 
ter of Xoah Sherman, a native of Wardsboro, 
Vermont, and his wife, Laura (Hubbard) Sher- 
man, of Rrimfield, Massachusetts. Ezbai and 
Louisa (Sherman) Kidder had four children, 
one son and three daughters, all deceased. 

(Vn) Samuel (2), only son of Ezbai and 
Lottisa (Sherman) Kidder, was born on the 
farm in Kiantone, Qiautauqua county, New 
York, October 12, 1825, died at Jamestown, 
October 18, 1898. He was reared on the farm 
and educated in the public schools, later attend- 
ing Jamestown Academy. He inherited the 
homestead to which he added two hundred 
acres, which he brought to a high state of culti- 
vation, and made it one of the finest farms in 
the county. He was a very successful busi- 
ness man, owning, in addition to his farm, about 
twelve acres of building lots, now a part of the 
city of Jamestown. Four years previous to 
his death he retired and moved to Jamestown, 
where he died. He was a member of the 
Jamestown Congregational Church, and in poli- 
tics was an old-line Whig in his early days, 
afterward affiliating with the Democratic party. 
He a man of great industry and was 
highly regarded for his upright life and reli- 
able character. He was generous to his chil- 
dren, starting them in life with good educa- 
tions and on farms of their own. He married. 
October 17, 1854, Eleanor Partridge, born 
April I, 1832, eldest child of Joel andv^zuba 
Partridge (see Partridge VI). Children: i. 
Lucy Ida, born September 11, 1855, died April 
15, 1910; married William C. Parker: chil- 
dren: Harold, died in infancy; Marjory. 2. 
Willard H., born May 22, 1857 ; married Anna 
Miller. 3. John Edward, born February 17, 
185Q, died August 9, 1877, while in college. 
4. Henrv E., born April 23, i86t ; married 
Grace Sherrod: children: Anna E., Edward, 
Paul, Ernest, Edna, Samuel : live in Knoxville, 
Tennessee. 5. George C, born August 24, 
1863; married Lillian Van Duzee: children: 
Raymond and Howard H. 6. Dora L., born 
January 19, 1866, died April 9, 1892, unmar- 
ried. 7. Samuel P., bom April 18, 1868 : mar- 

ried Flora Wyman : children : Ruth, Ralph, 
Eleanor and Samuel. This family resides on 
the old homestead, which has never passed out 
of the family name. 8. Mary L., bom August 
7, 1870; married William H. Wells; child, 
Clarence W. : this family resides at Cyclone, 
McKean county, Pennsylvania. 9. Jay H., 
bom February 10, 1873, ^'^^1 December 17, 
1874. 10. Fannie E., born July 28, 1875 ; now 
a resident of Jamestown. 

(The Partridge Line). 

(\'I) Joel Partridge, fifth child of Ezekiel 
(q. V.) and Deborah (Harding) Partridge, 
was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, No- 
vember II, 1808, died May 22, 1896, at James- 
town. He was educated in the public schools 
of W^orcester, learned the trade of carpenter 
and became a well-know^n contractor and build- 
er. In 1827 he removed to Jamestown, New 
York, where he was also engaged in contract- 
ing and building for many years, also owning 
and operating several river boats. Among the 
many buildings erected by him in Jamestown 
was the old Baptist church. He was the first 
resident on Prospect street. His original home- 
stead, at 70 Prospect street, is now the house 
of Mrs. Porter Sheldon. He was reared in the 
Congregational faith, but, in his latter years. 
became a member of the Presbyterian church. 
In the earlier days of Jamestown Mr. Part- 
ridge made the journey, on horseback, to his 
old home in Worcester, Massachusetts, and 
there, among friends and acquaintances of 
earlier days, raised the funds with which to 
purchase a church in Jamestown. He became 
a very prosperous business man, was strictly 
upright and honorable in all his dealings, and 
was held in the highest esteem. 

He married (first), in Worcester, Massa- 
chusetts, February 26, 1831, Azuba Goodale, 
born in Worcester. August 25, 181 3, died in 
Jamestown, April 26, 1841, daughter of Paul 
and Azuba (Newton) Goodale. He married 
(second), at Jamestown, December 31, 1841, 
Mary R. Pennock, born at Strafford, Vermont, 
December 22, 181 5, died at Jamestown, De- 
cember 2, 1888, daughter of Adonijah and Bet- 
sey (Bacon) Pennock. Children of first mar- 
riage, all born in Jamestown: i. Eleanor, bom 
April I, 1832 : married, October 17, 1854, Sam- 
uel Kidder (see Kidder VII). 2. Adeline, bom 
December 25, 1834, died in infancy. 3. James 
N., born December 26, 1834, twin of Adeline, 
died March 18, 1896. 4. Elbridge D., bom 



February 8, 1836, died in infancy. 5. Charles 
B., born July 18, 1838, died at the age of forty- 
one years. 6. Edward P., died in infancy. 
Children of second marriage * 7. Charles Ed- 
ward, died in infancy. 8. Joei Augustus, born 
December 12. 1845, ^i^^^ March 14, 1892. 9. 
George, born March 14, 1847, died in infancy. 
10. Mary Elizabeth, born August 4, 1848. 11. 
Louis P., born December 19, 1850, died March 
2Q, 1882. 12. Francis Edwin, born September 
13, 1854; married Anna Berry; two children: 
Emogine, who married Jerome Fisher Jr., and 
Irene, unmarried. 

Thomas Nichols, emigrant an- 
NICHOLS cestor, was born in England, 

and came to America before 
i^>55, as he was married at Maiden that year. 
He was doubtless a relative of Thomas Nichols, 
W'ho was a planter in the adjoining town of 
Cambridge, before 1638, when he removed to 
Hingham. Thomas had a brother George in 
England, who was the executor of the estate 
of their father, Walter Nichols, a clothier of 
Coggeshall, county of Essex, England. James 
Nichols, perhaps another brother, married, 
April, 1660, at Maiden, Mary, daughter of 
George Felt. Thomas Nichols* removed, as 
early as as 1665, to Amesbury, and had a seat 
in the meeting house there, in 1667 ; belonged 
to the train band, 1680, and died before 
1720. He married, in Maiden, Massachusetts, 
September, 1655, Mary Moulton. Children: 
Thomas, died young; Josiah, twin of Thomas, 
died young; Ebenezer (a daughter), married 
Benoni Tucker ; Thomas, of further mention ; 
Samuel; Rachel; John, married Abigail Sar- 
gent; Sarah, married Roger Stevens. 

(H) Thomas (2), son of Thomas (i) and 
Mary (Moulton) Nichols, was born at Ames- 
bury, Massachusetts, October 16, 1670. He 
became a member of the Society of Friends. 
His will was dated November 16, 1724, and 
proved December 7, following. He married 
(first) Jane Jamison, born February 23, 1673- 
74. daughter of John and Esther (Martin) 
Jamison. He married (second), April 30, 
1 73 1, Judith Hoages, of Newbury. Children 
of first wife: Anna, married Samuel Colby; 
Jonathan, of further mention ; Mary, married 
Ralph Blaisdell ; Esther, married Ichabod Col- 
by : Thomas ; David, married Hannah Gaskill ; 
Rachel: Stephen. Children of second wife: 
Ebenezer and Benjamin. 

(HI) Jonathan, son of Thomas (2) and his 
first wife, Jane (Jamison) Nichols, was born 
at Amesbury, Massachusetts, December 13, 
1697. He probably married (first), January 
16, 1718, Mary Challis. He married (second) 
Mary McWayne, and settled in Worcester 
county, Massachusetts. Among his children 
was Jonathan, of further mention. 

(IV) Jonathan (2), son of Jonathan (i) 
and Mary (McWayne) Nichols, was born in 
Bolton, Worcester county, Massachusetts, July 
26, 1754. He grew to manhood on his father's 
farm, and, in May, 1775, at Swanzey, New 
Hampshire, enlisted in Colonel Read's regi- 
ment, to serve under General Stark. At the 
end of their term of enlistment, eight months, 
the regiment was mustered out. In August, 
1776. he again enlisted in Colonel Bedell's regi- 
ment, and served five months in General Stark's 
brigade. In July, 1777, at the call of General 
Stark for men to meet the troops sent out by 
the British General Burgoyne, to destroy the 
American stores at Bennington, he enlisted in 
the regiment of Colonel Nichols. At the battle 
of Bennington, August 16, 1777, he was wound- 
ed, but not severely. He served three months 
under his third enlistment. The surrender of 
Burgoyne took the seat of active warfare 
away from New England, and he did not again 
enlist. After the war he removed to Orange 
county, X'^ermont, where he married. He was 
the owner of a good farm in Thetford, Ver- 
mqnt, and, that year, was elected sheriff of 
Orange county. He allowed a debtor to escape 
after having been committed to his care, which 
caused his bond to be escheated, and lost him 
his farm. In October, 181 3, with his family, 
he came to Chautauqua county. New York, 
driving a^hree-horse team the entire distance, 
consummg six weeks on the journey. He died 
at the home of his son in 1842. In 1832 he 
made application for a revolutionary pension, 
which was granted, and continued until the 
death of his wife, in 1844. Both are buried in 
the old Ripley burying ground. He married, 
January i, 1792, Phene Sackett, born in Litch-* 
field county, Connecticut; children, five sons 
and three daughters, all of whom married and 
became heads of families. 

(V) Reuben, son of Jonathan (2) and Phene 
(Sackett) Nichols, was born in Thetford, Ver- 
mont, about 1800, died at Colesburg, Iowa. 
He removed to Iowa after his marriage, set- 
tling in Delaware county, village of Colesburg. 


He married Huldah Farnsworth. Children: 
Miles C, Freeman, and a son who was killed 
in the civil war. 

(VI) Miles Chandler, son of Reuben and 
Huldah (Farnsworth) Nichols, was born in 
Fredonia, Chautauqua county. New York, 
March 29, 1833, died February 4, 1872. He 
was educated at Fredonia Academy, and went 
west with his parents, settling in Delaware 
county, Iowa. He taught school at Colesburg 
for twenty terms, cultivated a farm, later re- 
moving to a farm near the town of Greeley, 
where he died. He was a member of the Meth- 
odist Episcopal church, the Independent Order 
of Odd Fellows, and a Republican. 

He married (first), October 22, 1857, Sarah 
Ruth Grimes, born September 16, 1840, died 
February 9, 1870, daughter of Hon. Joseph 
Grimes, of Colesburg. Children: i. Carrie 
Adela, bom September 16, 1858. 2. Charlie 
Hanson, born October 16, 1861. 3. Nellie, 
born April 14, 1862. 4. James R., bom June 
9» 1863. 5. Luella, bom January 5, 1865. 6. 
Mary, born June 12, 1866. 7. Frank R., born 
February 17, 1868. 8. Joseph M., born Janu- 
ary 22, 1870, died July 25, 1870. All the chil- 
dren that survive reside in Iowa. Miles Chand- 
ler Nichols married (second), in Earlville, 
Iowa, April 19, 1871, Mary Jane Smiley, born 
in Harmony, Chautauqua county, New York, 
May I, 1840, daughter of Simon and Anna 
Maria (Bemus) Smiley; child, Miles Chand- 
ler, of further mention. Mary Jane (Smiley) 
Nichols survived her husband and married 
(second) Henry S. Bennett. Children by her 
second marriage: Willard Smiley, born April 
2T, 1882, married Alice Alsko, he served five 
years in the United States navy, and was with 
Admiral Remy, on flagship "Brooklyn," dur- 
ing the Boxer troubles in China ; Lucile, bom 
December 3, 1884, now in charge of the refer- 
ence department of the Prendergast Public 
Library, at Jamestown. Simon Smiley was the 
son of William Smiley, whose children were: 
James, Simon, Alexander and Aseneth. Simon 
Smiley was educated and lived in Chautauqua 
county, where he owned several tracts of land, 
lying on both sides of Lake Chautauqua. He 
followed farming all his days, and died at his 
farm on the east side of Lake Chautauqua. 
He was school trustee and a man of high 
character. He was a Universalist in religion, 
and a Republican. He married, August 25, 
1836, Anna Maria Bemus, born April 3, 181 1, 
died March 23, 1892, daughter of Thomas and 

Jane (Atkins) Bemus. Children: Simon (2) ; 
Mary Jane, the only survivor, married (first) 
Miles C. Nicholt, (second) Henry S. Bennett; 
Alice Maria, born September 8, 1844; Helen 
H., March 25, 1846; Willard, October 13. 
185 1. Simon and his wife, Anna M., are 
buried at Bemus Point, on the shores of Lake 

(VII) Miles Chandler (2), only son of 
Miles Chandler (i) and his second wife, Mary 
Jane (Smiley) Nichols, was born in Delaware 
county, Iowa, August 10, 1872. He was one 
year old when his mother returned to the home 
of her parents in New York, where he attend- 
ed the public schools. At the age of fifteen 
years he accompanied the family to Sunbright, 
Morgan county, Tennessee, later attending the 
Normal School, at Rugby, supplementing his 
studies by a correspondence course with the 
Bryant & Stratton Business College, at Buf- 
falo. At the age of eighteen years he began 
teaching in Morgan county. In 1892 the fam- 
ily returned to Chautauqua county, where he 
pursued a course of advanced study. He again 
followed the profession of an instructor, teach- 
ing nineteen terms in the Chautauqua county 
public schools. He then abandoned that pro- 
fession to engage in business life. For some 
years he was with the Art Metal Constraction 
Company, Jamestown Metal Furniture Com- 
pany, and in a responsible position at Syracuse, 
New York, from where he returned, in 1910. 
to accept the position of general manager of 
the Interior Metal Manufacturing Company, 
of Jamestown. He has always been deeply 
interested in the educational work of the Young 
Men's Christian Association, and both taught 
and was superintendent of the evening school 
maintained by that association; he is a mem- 
ber of the Methodist Episcopal church, and a 
strong advocate of the cause of temperance. 
He is an Independent in politics. 

Charles Templeton Howard, son 
HOWARD of David and Agnes (Temple- 
ton) Howard, was born in Bel- 
fast, Ireland, September 12, 1822, died in 
Jamestown, New York, May 6, 1905. 

He received a good education, and early 
began an active business life. At the age of 
twelve years he was weigh master in one of 
the linen mills of Belfast, in charge of all out- 
going goods. The company, with which he 
was connected, had a large foreign trade, which 
was carried in vessels. At the age of four- 



teen he was placed in charge of the shipping 
and loading department One of the vessels 
he loaded was destined for the United States, 
and in her he made his first visit to this coun- 
try. He did not long remain, returning on the 
same vessel. In the years spent in the linen 
mill he had acquired an expert knowledge of 
bookkeeping and was noted for his accuracy 
and speed, as well as for his method. At the 
age of twenty years he again came to the 
United States, which was ever afterward his 
home. His first employment was as porter at 
the old Astor House, in New York City. He 
met there many men from the west, whose talk 
of the greatness of their section so impressed 
him that, at the first favorable opportunity, he 
gave up his position and went to the lumber 
woods of Michigan. After some time spent 
there he returned east as far as Akron, Ohio, 
where he obtained work in a large iron foun- 
dry, as general helper. One night the head 
bookkeeper was badly mixed and not able to 
make his accounts balance. Young Howard, 
seeing his predicament, offered to help him. 
He was laughed at for his kind offer, and was 
asked, "What do you know about bookkeep- 
ing?" He took the remark good naturedly, 
and replied, "I have had some experience and 
believe I can help you." He soon had the 
tangle unraveled, which so pleased the book- 
keeper that he obtained him a position in the 
office, where his ability was quickly made mani- 
fest. He gained rapid favor with his superiors, 
who ^ye him every opportunity to get thor- 
oughly familiar with their particular line of 
business. Later, when the Akron Foundry & 
Machine Company needed a head bookkeeper, 
he obtained the coveted position. He became 
expert not only in foundry bookkeeping, but 
in foundry management and methods. He 
later was employed at Niles and Sharon, Ohio, 
and, at Youngstown, Ohio, built the Mahon- 
ing Furnaces, which he owned and operated 
with much financial success. He also owned 
and operated the Etna Furnace, of Youngs- 
town. He also acquired some coal mining 
interests, being associated with Governor Tod. 
Prior to the civil war he purchased a farm on 
Long Island, which he later exchanged for 
farm land in Vir^nia, not far from Washing- 
ton, District of Columbia. Here he lived for 
some time. He was once arrested and con- 
fined in jail, at Alexandria, on the charge of 
smuggling goods into the southern lines, but 
was released ten days later, the charge not 

being proven. He had been to the city, with 
the governess of his family, to purchase goods 
for her wedding outfit, and this was the only 
ground for their arrest, on returning with their 
purchases. He was appointed quartermaster 
by the United States government, serving for 
several years. After the war was over and 
conditions seemed favorable he opened a gen- 
eral store at Manassas, Virginia. This was 
followed by a residence in Steamburg, New 
York, where, with a brother-in-law, Robert 
Carson, a general store was established. After 
a time he sold his interest and went to St. 
Louis, Missouri, where he became superintend- 
ent of a large iron foundry. He remained in 
St. Louis for some time, then located in the 
oil fields of Pennsylvania, at Bradford. After 
a few years there and at Brooklyn, New York, 
where he owned a grocery store, he sold out 
and settled at Jamestown, New York, about 
1 88 1, where he died. He was a member of 
the Presbyterian church and a Republican. 

He married (first) Alvina Carson, bom at 
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, August 4, 1833, died 
October 11, 1878, daughter of Adam and Mary 
Carson. Children: Emma Stella, born in 
Youngstown, Ohio, unmarried ; Robert, died 
young ; Elizabeth, deceased ; Minnie Ida, mar- 
ried John B. Northrup, and had a son Howard ; 
Daisy, married Henry A. Doering, a merchant 
of Jamestown ; Frank Jones, deceased, married 
Mary Dempsey, children: Charles, Dempsey 
and Louis; and Zaidee, died in infancy. He 
married (second), at Jamestown, Lucia Ann 
Pennock, born at Jamestown, April 28, 1845, 
daughter of Peter Pennock, a descendant of 
the early Pennocks, who settled at New Har- 
lem, now a part of the city of New York. 

Peter Pennock was a son of Adonijah and 
Betsey Pennock, of Vermont, where Peter was 
born. He settled at Jamestown, New York, 
when a young man, engaged in brick manu- 
facturing, and became prominent in the early 
history of the city. He married Phinetta South- 
wick, born in Rome, New York, who bore him 
ten children : Lucia Ann, of further mention ; 
Clarice, Florence, Alvin, Louis, and five who 
died in infancy. 

Lucia Ann, eldest child of Peter and Phin- 
etta (Southwick) Pennock, married (first) 
Henry Burnham. Children: i. May, died at 
the age of forty- four years ; she married Frank 
Holcomb, and had a daughter who died in in- 
fancy, and a son, Robert Earl Holcomb. 2. 
John, died at the age of twenty-three years. 



She married (second) Charles Templeton 
Howard. Child, Elizabeth O. Howard, who 
resides with her mother. Mrs. Howard has 
been engaged in the millinery business, in 
Jamestown, for over half a century, and, for 
half of that time, has been in her present loca- 
tion, loi Cherry street. She has an established 
business among the best in her city, and main- 
tains a high character both in business and 
private life. She is a member of the Church 
of Christ (Scientist), and a woman thorough- 
ly respected and esteemed. 

John Cowles, a former resident 
COWLES and highly-esteemed citizen of 

Jamestown, New York, was 
born on the Isle of Man, February 4, 1828, 
died in Jamestown, New York, January 31, 
1892. He grew to youthful manhood on his 
native Isle, where he received a good educa- 
tion. At the age of sixteen years, in company 
with his sister Esther, he came to the United 
States, settling in Rochester, New York. Esther 
Cowles, born April i, 1829, married John S. 
Brown, of Rochester, New York, where they 
reside. She is the mother of sons who are 
known throughout the United States, from 
their connection with the nursery business. 

John Cowles, after settling in Rochester, 
learned the trade of carpenter, which he fol- 
lowed for about twenty years. He located at 
Jamestown, New York, conducting from that 
city his business in the Bradford, Pennsyl- 
vania^ oil fields. He was associated, for a time, 
with S. D. Parks, and later with his brother- 
in-law, Robert Bryan. He was a man of good 
business ability and commanded universal re- 
spect for his manly qualities. He was a Re- 
publican in politics, and a member of the 
Methodist Episcopal church. He married, in 
Rochester, New York, in 1857, Kate Moore, 
born in county Fermanagh, Ireland, June 22, 
1833, daughter of Christopher, born 1788, died 
1870, and Katherine (Stephenson) Moore, 
born 1800, died 1840. She came to the United 
States in 1854, joining her sister, Mrs. Robert 
Bryan, in Rochester, New York. Three years 
later she was married to John Cowles. She 
was one of a large family of children : James, 
died in Ireland ; William, died at Port Hope, 
Canada ; John, died at Linden, Canada ; Chris- 
topher, of Bendigo, Australia; Anna (de- 
ceased), married Jared Woods; Margaret (de- 
ceased), married James Glasgow, of Roches- 
ter, New York; Elizabeth (deceased), married 

Robert Bryan, of Jamestown; Kate, married 
John Cowles. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Cowles : 
I. Kate, bom 1859, died December 31, 1908; 
she was a well-educated woman and held the 
important position of bookkeeper for a large 
firm in Rochester, New York. 2. Wesley, born 
1861, died August 19, 1900, a young man of 
great promise. 3. Alinnie, born 1866, died 
November 4, 1894; she was a well-educated 
and lovable woman. Mrs. Cowles survives her 
husband and children and resides at 150 Bar- 
rett street, Jamestown, New York. She is a 
member of the Methodist church, and interest- 
ed in all good works. Despite her years she 
is active and maintains more than a passing 
interest in current affairs. 

The progenitor of the Clark fam- 
CI.ARK ily and the first to settle in New 

York state was Watrous Clark, 
born in the state of Massachusetts in 1759. 
He served with his two brothers in the navy, 
during the revolution, they being both lost at 
sea. After the close of the war Watrous Clark 
removed to New York state, settling in Otsego 
county, where he followed farming until his 
death, in 1831. He was something of a work- 
er in iron and metal, having considerable in- 
genuity and skill with both. He made his own 
farming implements and did other such work as 
could be done with limited tools and material. 
He was a member of the Baptist church, and 
did not mingle in politics. He married* Sarah 
Saxton, of Columbia county. New York. Chil- 
dren : Three sons and five daughters. 

(II) Lot, second son of Watrous and Sarah 
(Saxton) Qark, was born in Columbia county. 
New York, near Kinderhook, in 1788, died in 
1862. He received a good common school 
education, studied law, was admitted to the 
bar, and, for twelve years, practiced his pro- 
fession in Norwich, Chenango county. New 
York, and, for several years, was district attor- 
ney for that county. Abandoning the law he 
became a promoter of large and important 
public enterprises, perhaps the most important 
being the original suspension bridge across the 
Niagara river, below the falls. He was the 
organizer of the company that built that struc- 
ture, and its president until his death, in 1862. 
He was a large landowner, being, at one time, 
one-third owner of a tract in the Empire state, 
and of several large tracts in states farther 
west. Politically he was an old-time Democrat 
and a power in his party. He was elected a 



member of the eighteenth congress, served in 
1823-24. He was not in accord with his party 
upon the sub-treasury bill, and, in 1840, voted 
for Gen. William Henry Harrison for Presi- 
dent. He was the leader of the New York 
delegation in congress and very popular. In 
1840 he became an intimate friend of* Henry 
Clay and other prominent W^higs. In 1846 he 
was elected to the New York legislature, where 
he forced an act for the enlargement of the 
Erie canal. When Andrew Jackson was Presi- 
dent he offered Mr. Clark a seat in his cabi- 
net, as attorney-general, but the honor was de- 
clined. He married (first) Lavinia, daughter 
of Daniel Crosby, born in Connecticut, re- 
moved to Broome county. New York, where 
he owned and tilled a large farm; he died in 
Chenango county, in 1820, aged eighty years. 
Children of Lot and Lavinia (Crosby) Clark: 
Hiram Carter; Lot C, a lawyer of Staten 
Island, district attorney for eleven years, and 
private counsel for Commodore Vanderbilt for 
several years; Joseph B., removed to Detroit, 
Michigan, where he was alderman and promi- 
nent in public life; William C. removed to 
Illinois, where he owned a large landed estate. 
(Ill) Hiram Carter, eldest son of Lot and 
Lavinia (Crosby) Clark, was born at Norwich, 
Chenango county, New York, July 16, 18 16, 
died July 25, 1891, and is buried in the town 
of his birth. He was educated in private 
schools and under private tutors. He was ap- 
pointed to a cadetship at West Point United 
States Military Academy, but resigned. From 
1833 to 1837 he was associated with his brother- 
in-law, in the grocery business, at Augusta, 
Georgia. He then studied law rnd was ad- 
mitted to the bar of New York, in 1840. He 
practiced law in Norwich, and, in 1849, edited 
a history of Chenango county. In the same 
year he went to San Francisco, California, 
where he practiced law until 1865. In 1866 
he returned to New York state and soon after- 
ward went abroad, spending six of the ensu- 
ing ten years in London, England. While 
abroad the columns of the San Francisco Daily 
Bulletin were enlivened by regjular correspond- 
ence from his facile pen. Returning from 
England, in 1871, he located in Jamestown, 
New York, devoting the remainder of his life 
to literary recreation, travel and newspaper 
correspondence. While residing in Augusta 
the Seminole war broke out and Mr. Clark 
enlisted in the Richmond Blues, a famous 
military organization, and served six months 

in the United States army, receiving for his 
services one hundred and sixty acres of land. 
It was by his pen, however, that he gained 
prominence. He was one of the most prolific 
newspaper correspondents of his day. Among 
an interesting collection of his papers are many 
letters from prominent men of the earlier day. 
He possessed strong personal political convic- 
tions, but never sat in a political convention, 
never asked for himself nor ever assisted an- 
other to obtain a nomination, in fact kept 
absolutely aloof from politics. He regarded 
the law as a full occupation for any man with- 
out an admixture of politics. His finely-train- 
ed mind was a rich storehouse of facts, and he 
was a most delightful companion. His reminis- 
cences of public men and events would have 
made a most interesting book. 

He married (first), November 23, 1857, 
Mrs. Sarah Thompson, born in Nottingham, 
England, died 1869. He married (second), 
in 187 1, Jane, daughter of Samuel Dickson, of 
New York, of Scotch parentage. 

(The Dickson Line). 

(I) Jane (Dickson) Clark descends in the 
third generation from George Dickson, born 
in Smallholm, Scotland, September 30, 1755, 
died at Windsor, New York, January 30, 1846. 
He came from Scotland, settling near Boston, 
Massachusetts, in 1761. He was a farmer and 
a millwright, having a water power and mill 
on his farm. He was a soldier. After the 
revolutionary war he settled in Washington 
county. New York. He married, May 4, 1780, 
Eunice Greenleaf, born 1760, died September 

15, 1839. Children : George, born July 4, 1781 ; 
Eunice, August 14, 1783 ; Susanna, September 
^y 1785 ; John M., February 6, 1788; Elizabeth, 
May 4, 1790; Stephen, August 13, 1792; Will- 
iam, April 17, 1795; Nancy, August 4, 1796; 
Alexander, October 14, 1798; David, February 
27, 1801 ; Samuel, of further mention. 

(II) Samuel, son of George and Eunice 
(Greenleaf) Dickson, was born in the town of 
Salem, Washington county, New York, March 

16, 1805, died March 16, 1861. He was reared 
on the farm and educated in the district schools 
of Salem. He learned the trade of carpenter, 
and followed it at Windsor, New York, dur- 
ing his earlier years. He removed to Norwich, 
Chenango county. New York, where, for fif- 
teen years, he was superintendent of the wood- 
working department of the Maydole Hammer 
Factory, then a prominent Norwich enterprise. 



He was held in high esteem by his associates 
and attained prominence in the town. He was 
a Democrat in poHtics and served as school 
commissioner. He was a member of the Ma- 
sonic order, belonging to lodge and chapter. In 
religious faith he was an Episcopalian, and a 
strictly good man. He married, January 28, 
1 83 1, Eliza Ann Schiffer, born September 29, 
1807, died November 22, 1889, daughter of 
Philip and Nancy (Church) Schiffer. Philip 
Schiffer was born 1784, died 1862; married, 
November 3, 1806, Nancy Church, descendant 
of Richard Church, born in England, 1610, 
died at Hadley, Massachusetts, December 16, 
1667; married Ann Weatherfield, and had 
issue. Samuel, son of Richard Church, was 
born in 1640, had Samuel (2), born August 
19, 1667, had Nathaniel, born February 7, 
1704, had Eber, bom December 14, 1734, had 
Josiah, bom July 22, 1761, died March 21, 
1821 ; married Comfort Robbins, born Febru- 
ary 2T, 1766, died June 27, 1854; children: 
Robert, Nancy, Elizabeth, Jeremiah, Jessie, 
Francis, Mary Ann, William, Harry and John. 
Nancy, eldest daughter of Josiah and Com- 
fort (Robbins) Church, married Philip Schif- 
fer. Eliza Ann, daughter of Philip and Nancy 
Schiffer, married Samuel Dickson. Children 
of Mr. and Mrs. Dickson: i. Henry Schiffer, 
born September 3, 1835, died March, 1871 ; he 
was a soldier of the civil war, enlisted in the 
Forty-fourth New York Volunteer Infantry, 
served his full term of enlistment and six 
months on a second term. 2. Jane, of further 
mention. 3. George M., born August 28, 1848 ; 
married Martha Willson ; child, Mabel C, born 
April 28, 1875. 

(Ill) Jane, eldest daughter of Samuel and 
Eliza Ann (Schiffer) Dickson, married Hiram 
Carter Clark. She survives her husband and 
resides in Jamestown. A member of her house- 
hold is her niece, Mabel C. Dickson, daugh- 
ter of her younger brother, George M. 

Paige is a later or- 
PAIGE-DICKERSON thography of the 

name Page, which 
was first taken as a surname by one who was 
a page to a royal or titled person. 

The American ancestor of the family, herein 
recorded, is Nathaniel Paige, who came from 
England to Duxbury, Massachusetts, about 
1685, with wife and three children. The earli- 
est trace of him is found in his deposition that, 
on the loth of March, 1685-86, he saw Joseph 

Dudley take peaceable possession of certain 
real estate in Billerica, Massachusetts. On the 
organization of a town government, June 2, 
1686, he was appointed, by President Joseph 
Dudley, one of the two marshals (sheriffs) of 
Suffolk county, and it was ordered that the 
president "have an honorable maintenance, 
when it is known how the revenue will arise, 
and that Mr. Paige have five pounds a quarter 
for his attendance upon the President." He 
was also licensed by the county court of Suf- 
folk, August 2, 1686, as an innholder in Rox- 
bury. He was one of the eight original pur- 
chasers from the Indian sachems, December 
27, 1686, of the territory now embraced in the 
town of Hardwick, Massachusetts. A month 
afterward the same persons, together with 
Ralph Bradhurst, in like manner, bought the 
territory now embraced in the towns of Leices- 
ter and Spencer. These purchases were merely 
speculations, however, and brought no pecuni- 
ary benefit for many years. For immediate 
use he bought of George Grimes, March i, 
1688, a farm of two hundred and fifty acres, 
in the town of Billerica (now Bedford), where 
he resided during the remainder of his life. 
The inventory of his estate indicates that he 
was a prosperous farmer. His lands were 
valuable, were well stocked with all kinds of 
farm animals, and among his possessions was 
"a serving man," valued at fifteen pounds. His 
real estate at Billerica, and his wild lands, he 
devised to his two sons (a double portion being 
given to the elder), and two hundred acres he 
owned in Dedham, near Neponset bridge, was 
divided equally between his two daughters. 
Whether he was in Boston on business, on a 
visit or for medical aid does not appear, but he 
died in that city, April 12, 1692. His will, 
dated on the day preceding his death, describes 
him as "of Bilreky in the County of Essex, 
New England, yeoman, being weak and sick 
of body," and is signed "Natt Paige," in an un- 
usually plain and distinct handwriting. 

He married Joane , who survived him 

until 1724. Children : i. Nathaniel, married Sus- 
anna, daughter of Major John Lane, of Bill- 
erica, he was a farmer, selectman, cornet of a 
troop of horse and prominent in the towns of 
Billerica and Bedford, after the incorporation 
of the latter. 2. Elizabeth, married John Simp- 
kins. 3. Sarah, married Samuel Hill. 4. Chris- 
topher, of further mention. 

(II) Christopher, youngest child and second 
son of Nathaniel and Joane Paige, was born in 



Billerica (now Bedford), February 6, 1690. 
He was a farmer and a joiner, and resided on 
the easterly road to Gilhiertville. He removed 
to Hardwick early in 1735. He was active in 
the management of the common property of 
the proprietors, and in the final effort to ob- 
tain incorporation as a town. He was a mod- 
erator of the first town meeting, held in Hard- 
wick, 1739, selectman for seven years and as- 
sessor five years. He was also moderator of 
all the meetings the proprietors held in Hard- 
wick. At the organization of the church, No- 
vember 17, 1736, his name stands first on the 
list of members, and he was elected, December 
3, 1736, as its first deacon. This office he re- 
signed, April 13, 1749 (and probably his mem- 
bership also), and became a member of the 
church at Nitchwaug, now Petersham. This, 
caused a breach between the two churches, 
which was not healed for twenty years. He 
died March 10, 1744. An obituary, published 
in the Massachusetts Gazette, March 31, 1744, 
says : "At Hardwick, Deacon Christopher Paige, 
aged eighty-three years and twenty-one days, 
comfortable hope of a better life; he left a 
widow and has had twelve children, nine now 
living and three dead, eighty-one grandchil- 
dren, sixty-six living and fifteen dead. A fu- 
neral sermon was preached by the Reverend 
Mr. Hutchinson, at his funeral the Monday 
following." Deacon Paige married (first) Jo- 
anne ,.died October 27, 1719. He mar- 
ried (second) Elizabeth, daughter of Deacon 
George (2) Reed, and granddaughter of George 
(i) Reed, who was born in England, about 
1729, and great-granddaughter of William 
Reed, who married Mabel Kendall, and came 
from England, in 1635, with wife and three 
children, later returned to England, where he 
died in 1656. Children of Deacon Christopher 
Paige: Joanne, Christopher (2), William, 
George, Timothy, Jonas, Elizabeth, Lucy, Na- 
thaniel, John, Elizabeth (2) ; but eleven chil- 
dren are recorded, although the obituary says 

(HI) George, fourth child and third son of 
Christopher and his second wife, Elizabeth 
(Reed) Paige, was born in Billerica, Massa- 
chusetts, June 17, 1725. He was a farmer and 
resided on a farm, adjoining the homesteads of 
his father and his brother William. He died 
May 8, 1781. He married, June 4, 1752, Ro- 
silla, daughter of Nathaniel Whitcomb. She 
was noted for her industry and energy. She 
survived him and married (second) Captain 

William Breckinbridge, of Ware, whom she 
also outlived. After his death she returned to 
Hardwick, resided on the homestead, with her 
son Paul, until her death, October 29, 1807. 
Children: Nathaniel, George, Nathan, Paul, 
Peirce, Anna. 

(IV) Nathan, third son and child of George 
and Rosilla (Whitcomb) Paige, was born in 
Hardwick, Massachusetts, August 7, 1762. He 
removed to Royalton, Vermont, where he died. 
He married, April 25, 1784, Hannah Cobb. 
Children: Alfred, a physician; William, Otis, 
Nathan, Lucius, Edward, Betsey, Hannah. It 
is said there were two more daughters who 
probably died young. 

(\') Otis, third son of Nathan and Hannah 
(Cobb) Paige, was born in Vermont, about 
the year i8(X), died at Ellington, Chautauqua 
county. New York, at the age of seventy-five 
years. He removed from Vermont to Elling- 
ton and there purchased" a farm of one hun- 
dred acres, where he lived the remainder of 
his days. He was a member of the Congre- 
gational church, and held the office of deacon 
for forty-one years. He was a man of quiet 
domestic tastes, and is remembered by his chil- 
dren as never having spoken to them an un- 
kind word. He married Mary Bigelow, born 

in Vermont, daughter of Rev. Bigelow, 

a minister of the Methodist Episcopal church. 
She died at the age of eighty-five years and 
left behind her a precious memory. They were 
the parents of eleven children, three of whom 
died in infancy. , 

(VI) Sarah, daughter of Otis and Mary 
(Bigelow) Paige, was born at Ellington, New 
York, June 25, 1840. She married Benjamin 
S. Dicicerson, bom at Spring Creek, near the 
city of Corry, Pennsylvania, January, 1826, 
died at Jamestown, New Yprk, April ;6, 1901, 
and is buried in Lake View Cemetery. He was 
a son of Samuel Dickerson, who came to Spring 
Creek from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ben- 
jamin S. was one of three sons, Joseph, Ben- 
jamin S. and William. He was but seven years 
old when his mother died, and he went to live 
with strangers. His first home was not a pleas- 
ant one and he endured a great deal of ill treat- 
ment and hardship until he met Captain Alex- 
ander, of Frewsburg, who took him into his 
home and reared him as his own son, a kind- 
ness which was never forgotten by the lad. At 
the age of sixteen years he came to Jamestown 
and learned the trade of a tailor, which he 
followed in that city for twenty-seven years. 



He invested in land, which was afterward laid 
off in city lots, upon which he built a residence, 
at 1 02 1 North Main street, now the home of 
his widow. He was a member of the Meth- 
odist Episcopal church in early married life. 
He was a man of good business ability and 
highly respected in his community. 

He married (first) Ellen Williams. Chil- 
dren : Herbert, who died at the age of thirty- 
five years, and Frank, died in childhood. He 
married (second) Sarah Paige. Children : i. 
Ellen S., born February 8, 1866, died Febru- 
ary 30, 1886; married Arthur A. Lee; she was 
finely educated and a musician of ability; no 
living issue. 2. Frank B., born February 2, 
1869, died aged eighteen months. 

The Griswolds of Connecti- 

GRISWOLD cut, from whom the Gris- 
wolds of Jamestown, New 
York, descend, are descendants of Edward and 
Matthew Griswold, who settled in Windsor, 
Connecticut, 1639. Their English home was 
at Kenilworth, county of Warwick, England. 
They were men of education and property, and 
after their arrival in the new colony took com- 
manding positions and became prominent in 
colonial affairs. 

(I) Edward Griswold was bom about 1607, 
died at Kenilworth, Connecticut, 1691. He 
was deputy from Windsor and from Kenil- 
worth for more than twenty years, was fre- 
quently a commissioner, and, in 1678, was on 
a committee to establish a Latin school in New 
London, and was the first deacon of Kenil- 
worth (now Clinton) church. He married 

(first), 1630, in England, Margaret , 

who died August 23, 1670. He married (sec- 
ond) Sarah, widow of James Bemis. Eleven 

(H) John, eleventh child of Edward and 
his first wife, Margaret Griswold, was born and 
baptized August i, 1652. He removed from 
Windsor to Kenilworth, where he died Au- 
gust 7, 1 7 17. He was a man of property, in- 
telligence and influence ; deacon in the church. 

He married (first) Mary , who died 

October 27, 1679; married (second) Bathsheba 

, who died March 19, 1736. Fifteen 


(HI) Daniel, fourteenth child of John and 
his second wife, Bathsheba Griswold, was born 
in Kenilworth, Connecticut, October 25, 1696. 
He married, March 9, 1721, Jerusha Stevens. 
Three children. 

(IV) Daniel B., eldest son of Daniel and 
Jerusha (Stevens) Griswold, was born 1722; 
married, October 22, 1750, Mary BushnelL 
Twelve children. 

(V) Daniel (2), eldest son of Daniel B. and 
Mary (Bushnell) Griswold, was born Janu- 
ary 17, 1756, died about 1795. ^^ came to 
New York state and owned land, now the site 
of the city of Utica, New York. For a time 
he was a resident of the town of Cambridge. 
Washington county, New York. He married 
Horton (or Houghton), and had issue. 

(VI) Daniel (3), son of Daniel (2) Gris- 
wold, w^as born in Cambridge, Washington 
county, New York, September 28, 1788, died 
1854. He was a clothier, and learned the 
<:ording business. During the war of 1812 the 
first cording machine was set up, and, to pre- 
vent the British from capturing it, he took it 
to Vermont. He came to (lenesee county, New 
York, about 1820, where he owned lands at 
what is now the city of Utica, which he inherit- 
ed from his father. About 1832 he settled in 
the tow^n of Poland, Chautaucjua county, where 
he engaged in farming until his death. He 
settled on lot No. 24, on the Ellington town 
line, where he engaged in lumbering, in connec- 
tion with his farm. He was an old-line Whig, 
and held several of the town offices. He mar- 
ried (first), in Burlington, Vermont, May 25. 
181 5, Mary Hills, born at Upton, Massachu- 
setts, November 25, 1795, died at the town of 
Poland, New York, September 24, 1844, daugh- 
ter of Moses Hills, a native of Massachusetts. 
He married (second) Mary Bentley. Children, 
all by first wife: Mary L., Hiram H., Sarah, 
Fannie, Elvira, Daniel. 

(VH) Daniel (4), son of Daniel (3) and 
Mary (Hills) Griswold, was born in the town 
of Perry, Wyoming county, New York, Feb- 
ruary 18, 1830. He was fourteen years of age 
when his mother died, and shortly after he 
commenced life for himself. He obtained a 
good common school education, and, after 
working for some time on a farm, b^an buy- 
ing scythes, snaths, window sashes, doors, and 
other manufactured articles. Loading his pur- 
chases on a flat boat, when spring opened he 
floated his Yankee notion boat down the Alle- 
ghany, Ohio and Mississippi rivers, as far as 
Memphis, Tennessee, disposing of his cargo 
at the different river towns, being well sold out 
by the time he arrived at Memphis. He con- 
tinued this line of business for several years, 
until the breaking out of the civil war. Hi<i 


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Nt \v \(n'k >tato and owne.i land, now the >!t.. 

•f the rity of I'tica, New York. For a tiin 

i:? \wtN a tcsident'nf the t(»wT. of ('amt'rid^c 

W'a^hin^tr.n cc^nnty, Xew N'ork. lie nia^ric 1 

{i(,rton I or Ibni^^hton ). and had issiu* 

(\'^) Daiiiel {7,), M»n of Daniel (2) (in^ 
\v(^Id. w:i< hf»rn in Ca^Tihridj^e. \Vashinii:t' u 
c<M'Pr\, \*cw York, Sept\:rnl>er 28, \';;'S?., (he-.! 
i^^;. i Mv- was a ciothi<*r, and learned the 
-*.*u:.>-i; !>usine'^<. Dnrinp^ the war oi 1812 li >- 
!•• I cord.ii'i,^ niachine v a< >et iip. and, to prt - 
' ^'Hi the r>!iiis]i in-in captnii'iij it he tof^k i. 
t > \ erniont. He- canie to ( It-tie^ee coimt\. Nc\ 

->tk. ;d>^»ut :H2(), where he owned lanfl> at 
•what i> now the cit\ ai I'tica. which he 
..] from his fath'.M-. AIm^U 1832 he seilled i-^ 
:h.e town ..f Poland, (iiar^rnqua coimty. wher:- 
lu* eiii^a^ed in fartMini: until ^lis death. I i . 
■»ttled ou l(>t \(). 24, on the h".;iingt«»n tox-i. 
»!.', where he ent'a^ed in i\unl>ering, in C(>!Ui'-e 
'I'Mi with h'"- n^rni. lie was an old-line WIj^, 
jud I'K'M several of the town offices. He mar 
ried (hr.sti. in lUirlington. \ erniont. May ^-. 
I Si 5, ^[ary Flills, born at rpton, M'is>aci-»r- 
setts, Xf»veml>er 25, I7<)5. die 1 at the town '•:" 
Toland, .\ew Y'ork, Sei>temb<'r 24. 1844, dau^-^^- 
tL" <»f Moses Hills, a native of Xfassachu'-eti- 
ro- married (second)} Hentlev. Chil..rr .. 
a-i ^\v fir^t wife: Mary ],,, Ffiram IL. Sar:^::. 
f ; w\u\ bjvira. Daniel. 

( \M I ) Daniid (4), ^on of Daniel « ^4 > ai",-' 
Mary ( Hil'- ) (iriswold. wa: born in t!ie tow t; 
of rVrr\, Wyoming cotinty. New Yi»rk, Fc^> 
ru'irv 18, 1830. lie w-is fourteen years (>i at."* 
wh'ii lis !ii(;tlier died, and sli,>rtly after lu 
i'i»mmen( '.'d lite Ut himself. He obt.'Mneo n 
^^ood ciMUUKni v(-h(v>l Cvhication, and. af*-" 
wt.rkinij for ^^ time otj a farm, hej^an buv- 
'u^ M\tiirs. -naths, window Sfi^hes. d'v>rs. and 
oTher manr, f.'K'iured nrt'(des Loading hi? pur- 
cha*^'.- oTi a tint boat, wIumi spring opened li* 
fi-n-- } •, «. S'ankee notion lx)at dtjw n the Mh 
Ki'.ii\^. <-'}ii(» and Mi^^i^^ipJ)i rivers, as far a" 
.\!<':nf)hi». Tennessee, d]s|n».>ing of his carg- » 
at the difT'^rent rivei tr)W!is, being w'ell ^<'^ld <a't 
by the time he arrived at Memphis.. lie cc^n - 
tinued this line of business for several years 
until the breaking out t^f the civil war. TTis 



last cargo was of potatoes, which he had hard 
work to dispose of, but fortunately obtained a 
letter to the quartermaster of the Union army, 
At Parkersburg, West Virginia, who gladly 
purchased the entire cargo. He sold his boat 
and returned to New York state, where he en- 
gaged in the lumbering business, which he still 
continues. In 1888 he purchased the Prender- 
gast tract, in partnership with his brother-in- 
law, William Townsend. In 1905 he purchased 
the lumber business of D. L. Sullivan. In addi- 
tion to other property Mr. Griswold owns a 
half interest in a farm of nine hundred and 
seven acres, known as the Prendergast farm, 
which is located in Pennsylvania and New 
York. He was senior member of the lumber- 
ing firm of Griswold & Townsend, of Kian- 
tone, Chautauqua county, New York. In 1881 
ne was elected a director of the Chautauqua 
County National Bank, and. May 8, 1890, was 
chosen president, which position he held for 
several years. In 1871 Mr. Griswold removed 
to Red House, Cattaraugus county, New York, 
and, in 1873, settled in Jamestown, where he 
has ever since resided. He has led an active, 
energetic life, has been very successful in 
business, and gives little evidence of his eighty 
years. He is a Republican in politics, and has 
always taken an active interest in public affairs. 
From 1865 to 1869 he was supervisor from 
the town of Poland. In 1884-85 he represented 
the town of Ellicott, and, in 1886, was chosen 
one of the supervisors from the city of James- 
town, and later served on the board of public 
works of the city. 

He married, November 18, 1868, Martha 
Townsend, daughter of John Townsend, of 
the town of Carroll (see Townsend VII). 
Children: Grace, Hugh, Daniel, all of whom 
died in infancy ; Martha T., born July 13, 1877, 
resides with her father ; Harry T., born Janu- 
ary 24, 1882, now vice-president of the Union 
Lumber Company. 

(The Townsend Line). 

(I) Martha (Townsend) Griswold descends 
through nine generations of Townsends from 
Roger de Townsende, the first of the line of 
whom there is definite historical knowledge. 
The line continues in England to Thomas 
Townsend, the American ancestor, born at 
Bracon Ash, county of Norfolk, England. Tra- 
dition and family records state that he came 
from England and settled at Lynn, Massachu- 
setts, about 1637. He was a cousin of Gov- 

ernor John W^inthrop and was supposed to 
have been a relative of the first Lord Town- 
send, who was created Baron by Charles II. 
He was a man of education, and beautiful 
specimens of his handwriting are still pre- 
served in the office of the secretary of statej in 
Boston. He died December 22, 1677. He 
married Mary Newgate (or Newdigate), who 
survived him many years. 

(II) Samuel, son of Thomas and Mary 
( Newgate) Townsend, was the second of five 
children, and was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, 
about 1638, died December 21, 1704. He set- 
tled at Chelsea, Massachusetts, where he ac- 
quired considerable property, which he dis- 
posed of by will. He died at Chelsea and is 
interred in the old burying ground at Rum- 
ney Marsh (Revere). He married Abigail, 
daughter of Samuel Davis, and had ten chil- 

(III) Jonathan, son of Samuel and Abigail 
(Davis) Townsend, was born September 10, 
1668, died April 16, 1718. He married, March 
22, 1695, Elizabeth Waltham, died March 30, 
174Q, aged eighty-three years. 

(IV) Rev. Jonathan (2) Townsend, son of 
Jonathan (i) and Elizabeth (Waltham) Town- 
send, was bom in 1697, died 1762. He was 
a graduate of Harvard College, and was or- 
dained pastor of the Congregational church, at 
Needham, Massachusetts, March 23, 1719, and 
served that congregation until his death, Sep- 
terriber 30, 1762. He married Mary, daughter 
of Captain Gregory Sugars. Seven children. 

(V) Sanniel (2), son of Rev. Jonathan (2) 
and Mary (Sugars) Townsend, was born in 
Needham, Massachusetts, May 15, 1729, died 
in Tyringfham^ Massachusetts, September 11, 
1822. He was a revolutionary soldier. He 
married, June 21, 1757, Ruth Tolman, born 
in Stoughton, Massachusetts, daughter of Tim- 
othy and Elizabeth ( Wadsworth) Tolman, and 
granddaughter of Thomas and Jane (Vose) 
Tolman. Eight children. 

(VI) William, son of Samuel (2) and Ruth 
(Tolman) Townsend, was born in Needham. 
Massachusetts, December 11, 1765. He mar- 
ried Rhoda Hall, who died August 12, 1835. 
Five children. 

(VII) John, son of William and Rhoda 
(Hall) Townsend, was born January 28, 1796, 
died i860. In 1817 he came to Kennedy, New 
York, afterward purchasing: a farm in Carroll, 
Chautauqua county. New York, where he fol- 
lowed farming and lumbering. He was a Whig 



and a Republican. He married Adelia Hitch- 
cock, born in Otsego county, New York, May 
4, 1810, daughter of Samuel Hitchcock, born 
November 26, 1787; married Mary McCor- 
mack, born May 10, 1788. Samuel was the son 
of Ashbel Hitchcock, bom July i, 1765, in 
O&wego county, New York; came to Chau- 
tauqua county in 1817; married Eunice Dun- 
bar, who died April 30, 1834. Ashbel, the son 
of Joel Hitchcock, married, April. 14, 1757, 
Lois Scott. Mary (McCormack) Hitchcock 
was a daughter of John McCormack, born in 
Massachusetts, June 10, 1756; married Abigail 

John and Adelia (Hitchcock) Townsend 
had four sons and six daughters, one of whom, 
Martha, was bom in the town of Carroll, in 
1837. She taught several years in the schools 
near her home, later she attended and gradu- 
ated from the State Normal School, at Al- 
bany, and then continued her profession as 
teacher until her marriage with Daniel Gris- 
wold, November 18, 1868. After their removal 
to Jamestown she served nine years on the 
board of education, and, when failing health 
compelled her to retire from the board, she 
retained a deep interest in the cause of educa- 
tion. She was a member of the Fortnightly 
Club, the Daughters of the American Revolu- 
tion, and vice-president of the Chautauqua 
County Historical Society. She died January 
21, 1910. She was a woman of fine executive 
ability, devoted to all worthy causes, and died 
deeply regretted. 

This branch of the Hatch family 

HATCH was founded in America by 

Hatch, who settled in New Lon- 
don, Connecticut. He had two brothers who 
came to America with him, one settling at 
Boston, Massachusetts, the other going to Nova 
Scotia. The New London settler was a baker 
by trade. He married and had issue: Elijah, 
Peter, Joshua, Daniel, Stephen, John, Molly, 
Eliza, Susan. 

(H) Elijah, son of Hatch, married 

Naomi Phelps and settled at Lebanon, Con- 
necticut. Children: Eleazer, married Abby 
Lamb ; Samuel, married Submit Webster ; Asel, 
married Eunice Hovey; Joseph, married Me- 
linda Webster; Tryphena, unmarried; Sally, 
married a Mr. Griswold; David, of further 
mention; Jonathan, married Betsey Powie; 
Naomi, married Eleazer Fitch. 

(HI) David, son of Elijah and Naomi 

(Phelps) Hatch, was bom July 30, 1774, died 
May 5, 1866. He married (first) Patty Tis- 
dale, (second) Sally Baird. Children: Laura, 
born December 10, 1798,. married George 
Martin; Elizabeth, January 3, 1801, married 
David Matthews; a son, November 29, 1803; 
David Tisdale, May 20, 1809; Solomon G., of 
further mention. 

(IV) Solomon Griswold, son of David and 
Patty (Tisdale) Hatch, was bom in the town 
of Busti, Chautauqua. county. New York, Au- 
gust 13, 1 81 3, died in Jamestown, New York, 
in 1862. He was a farmer of Busti until 1867, 
when he settled in Jamestown. In political 
faith he was a Democrat. He married Au- 
gusta Ann Green, born June 20, 1820, died 
December 11, 1894, daughter of Enoch (2) 
and Adah (Hubbard) Green, granddaughter 
of Enoch Green, a Baptist minister, who mar- 
ried Phebe, daughter of Josiah Ward. Adah 
Hubbard, was a descendant of George Hub- 
bard, born 16 16, who married Elizabeth Tay- 
lor. They had eight children. Their son, Na- 
thaniel Hubbard, born 1652, died 1738, mar- 
ried Mary Earl, died 1732. They had ten chil- 
dren. Their son, Nathaniel (2) Hubbard, bom 
September 14, 1690, married, 1716, Sarah John- 
son, settled at Middletown, Connecticut. They 
had ten children. Their son, Nodiah Hubbard, 
born March 14, 1735, died May 4, 1817; mar- 
ried, in 1764, Mrs. Phebe Crowell, a widow. 
They had seven children. Their son, Samuel, 
born February 23, 1767, married Huldah Cro- 
well. Their daughter Adah Hubbard, bom 
January 20, 1793; married Enoch (2) Green. 
Their daughter, Augusta Ann Green, married 
Solomon Griswold Hatch. Children of Mr. 
and Mrs. Hatch: Delos Whitney, born Octo- 
ber 17, 1839, died December 4, 1894; Charles 
Alonzo, June 2, 1849, ^^^ ^ resident of James- 
town ; Fred Enoch, of further mention ; Cor- 
nelia Augusta, February 6, 1855, married Clif- 
ford M. Barrett, of Los Angeles, California. 

(V) Fred Enoch, third son of Solomon Gris- 
wold and Augusta Ann (Green) Hatch, was 
born on the farm at Busti, Chautauqua county. 
New York, June 6, 1852. He attended the 
public schools at Busti, and, after his parents 
removed to Jamestown, completed his studies 
in the schools there. He worked on the farm 
during his earlier boyhood, but, at the age of 
fifteen, the family removed to Jamestown, 
where, after leaving school, in 1870, he became 
a dmggist's apprentice, in the pharmacy of 
E. L. Larkin. After serving nine months he 



took a position temporarily in a dry goods 
store, later returning to the drug business. He 
was a clerk in the store of Dr. C. S. Hazeltirie 
until October 14, 1872, when the business was 
purchased by P. L. Kimball, with whom he 
remained until April 5, 1878. On that date 
Mr. Hatch purchased the store and business. 
He still continues and is one of Jamestown's 
oldest merchants in point of continuous years 
in business there. His pharmacy is one of the 
largest in the city and is well equipped for the 
modem drug trade. He was one of the organ- 
izers of the Fenton Metallic Manufacturing 
Company, later merged as the Art Metal Com- 
pany, of which he is a stockholder. He was 
also one of the members of the Empire Vot- 
ing Machine Company. Mr. Hatch is an ener- 
getic, capable man of business, and reached 
success from a very humble beginning. With- 
out capital in his earlier years he has built up 
a large and profitable business. He had as an 
early partner, Clyde W. Preston, who, after 
four years, sold to Alexis Crane. Mr. Crane 
later sold his interest to William C. Briggs, 
and then Mr. Hatch purchased Mr. Briggs' 
interest, and became sole owner. He stands 
high in commercial circles and is held in uni- 
versal esteem. He is a member of Mt. Moriah 
Lodge, No. 145, Free and Accepted Masons, 
and a Republican in politics. 

He married, at Jamestown, August 4, 1886, 
Helen L. Bemus, born in that city, daughter of 
Dr. William P. and Helen O. (Norton) Bemus. 
Children: William, now connected with the 
Art Metal Company; Helen Olive, born Feb- 
ruary 16, 1890, graduate of Saint Mary's Hall, 
Burlington, New Jersey, class of 1910; Fred 
Enoch (2) ; Dorvill Kent. 

This family settled in New York 
BEMUS state prior to the reyolution. The 

earliest record in this state is of 
Major Jotham Bemus. Joseph Bemis, emi- 
grant ancestor, was bom in Dedham, Essex 
county, England, 1619, and came to Water- 
town, Massachusetts, with his sister Mary, as 
early as 1640. He was a blacksmith and a 
fairly well-to-do farmer. His wife was named 
Sarah, and they may have married in England. 
They were the parents of nine children. From 
this family the Bemus family of New York 

(I) Major Jotham Bemus was a soldier and 
officer of the revolutionary war. His family 
lived at Bemis Heights, Saratoga county, New 

York, their farm including Bemis Heights, the 
historic battle ground, made famous by the 
defeat and capture of the British army com- 
manded by Burgoyne. The name originally 
seems to have been spelled Bemis. Major 
Jotham Bemus died in the town of Pittstown, 
Rensselaer county. New York. He married 
Tryphena Moore. 

(II) William, son of Major Jotham Bemus, 
was born at Bemis Heights, Saratoga county. 
New York, February 25, 1762, and, in early 
life, removed to Pittstown, Rensselaer county, 
with his father, where he married Mary (Polly) 
Prendergast. In 1805 he accompanied his 
father-in-law, William Prendergast Sr. and 
family (twenty-five persons in all) to Ten- 
nessee, and, in 1806, to Chautauqua county. 
New York, where he settled at Bemus Point 
(Hamed for him), on Lake Chautauqua, in the 
town of Ellery, where he resided until his 
death, January 2, 1830. He married, Janu- 
ary 2J, 1782, Mary (Polly) Prendergast, born 
March 13, 1760, died July 11, 1845, daughter 
of William Prendergast. Children : Daniel, a 
physician of Meadville, Pennsylvania; Eliza- 
beth, married Captain John Silsby, removed 
to Iowa; Tryphena, married John Griffiths; 
Thomas ; Charles, of further mention ; Me- 
hitable, married Daniel Hazeltine, of James- 
town, where she died September 22, 1887, in 
her ninety-fifth year; James, married Try- 
phena Boyd. 

(III) Charles, fifth child of William and 
Mary (Polly) (Prendergast) Bemus, was born 
in Pittstown, Rensselaer county, New York, 
August 31, 1791. He came, with his parents, 
to Chautauqua county, and later lived at Bemus 
Point on land originally purchased by his 
father, and died October 10, 1861, at James- 
town, New York. He served in the war 
of 1812, as first lieutenant, and witnessed the 
burning of Buffalo in 1813. He married, Feb- 
ruary 28, 181 1, Relepha Boyd, born July 20, 
1790, died January 2, 1843. Children : i. James, 
went to California, in 1850, and never return- 
ed. 2. Ellen, married Daniel Smiley ; removed 
to Wisconsin. 3. Matthew, married Marcellia 
Walters, and died in March, 1879. 4. Daniel, 
married (first) Adeline Strong, (second) Jane 
Griffith; he died December 31, 1889. 5. Jane, 
died 1886; married Edward Copp. 6. John, 
died July 24, 1872 ; married Catherine Howell. 
7. William P., of further mention. 8. Mehit- 
able, married Philip A. Strong; removed to 
Iowa. 9. Dr. E. Marvin, died in Wisconsin, in 



1861. 10. Colonel George H., a lawyer of 
Meadville, Pennsylvania. 

(IV) Dr. William Prendergast Bemus, sev- 
enth child of Charles and Relepha (Boyd) 
Bemus, was bom at Bemus Point, Chau- 
tauqua county, New York, October 4, 1827, 
died at Buffalo, September 19, 1890, where 
he practiced his profession for thirty-eight 
years, without interruption. He was edu- 
cated in the Ellcry public schools, Fredonia 
high school, and under private tutors. He 
studied medicine with Dr. Shanahan, of War- 
ren, Pennsylvania, attended lectures at Ober- 
lin College, and was graduated, M. D., from 
the Berkshire Medical Institute, of Spring- 
field, Massachusetts. He began the practice 
of his profession at Ashville, New York, four 
years later removing to Jamestown, continuing 
there in practice until his death. He was a 
skillful physician and held a commanding posi- 
tion among the practitioners of Chautauqua 
county. He was ever ready to respond to any 
appeal for medical assistance, and the amount 
of his free practice was immense. It is known 
of him tiiat he never went to law to collect a 
bill for professional service. He was gentle 
and sympathetic in the sick room, and so con- 
stantly mindful of the comfort of his patients 
that they came to regard him with sincere and 
deep aflfection. He died deeply regretted and 
the exceptionally large number of persons that 
attended his funeral demonstrated the respect 
and love in which Dr. Bennis was held by his 
community. He was a member of the St. 
Luke's Episcopal Church, of Jamestown, and 
an ardent Democrat in politics. He was presi- 
dent of the Cleveland Democratic Club, and, 
though active in the Democratic party, never 
aspired to or held any political office. He was 
secretary of the board of pensions at James- 
town, a non-political office. He was a mem- 
ber of the Chautauqua County Medical Soci- 
ety, the members of which attended the funeral 
in a body. 

He married (first), in 1855, Helen O. Nor- 
ton, who died March 7, 1874, daughter of 
Squire Morris Norton, of Ashville, New York. 
He married (second), June 3, 187^, Sarah 
Elizabeth Pr^ther, born in Venango county, 
Pennsylvania, August 31, 1838, daughter of 
Abraham C. and Sarah (McCalmont) Prather 
(see Prather IV). She survives her husband 
and resides in Jamestown, in which city she 
has made her residence since October 11, 1873. 
Early in life she became a member of the 

United Presbyterian Church, but, after her 
marriage to Dr. Bemus, became a member of 
St. Luke's Episcopal Church, of Jamestown. 
Children of first marriage : Helen L., married 
Fred E. Hatch, of Jamestown (see Hatch V) : 
Dr. Morris N. Bemus, of Jamestown. Child 
of second marriage: A daughter who died in 

The Prather family of James- 
PR ATHER town. New York, descend from 

English and Scotch ancestors, 
who settled in America at an early date, prob- 
ably in Maryland, where it is known there 
were three brothers bearing that name, one of 
whom was the father of Henry Prather, of the 
second generation. 

(II) Henry Prather was born in Maryland, 
September 14, 1732 (o. s.), died August 29, 
1775. He lived on the Prather homestead 
farm, which was an original grant from King 
George, of England. He married. May 9, 
1754, Elizabeth Hicks, born February 11, 1736 
(o. s. ) , of Danish parentage. Children : Thomas 
Hicks, born April 2, 1755 ; Henry, died in in- 
fancy; John, born January 16, 1759; Mar>% 
October 31, 1760; Abraham, October 16, 1762 ; 
Henry, October 3, 1764; Bazil, April 4, 1770; 
Eleanor, February 6, 1772. 

(III) Thomas Hicks, son of Henry and 
Elizabeth (Hicks) Prather, was born in the 
state of Maryland, April 2, 1755. Later he 
removed to the state of Pennsylvania, where 
he died February 15, 1818. He was a soldier 
of the revolution. He married Elizabeth Crun- 
kleton, January 25, 1776. She was born Feb- 
mary 22, 1758, died June 20, 1831. Children: 
Polly, bom November 7, 1776; Henry, August 
5, 1778; Sarah, October 25, 1780; Ruhany, I>e- 
cember 16, 1784; Abraham C, see forward; 
Rebecca, November 18, 1789; Thomas H., May 

7, 1794. 

(IV) Abraham Crunkleton, son of Thomas 

Hicks and Elizabeth (Crunkleton) Prather, 
was born in Franklin county, Pennsylvania, 
September 19, 1786, died July 7, 1850. About 
the year 1798 his father took up a tract of land 
in Venango county, Pennsylvania, and, with 
his two sons, Abraham and Robert, rode from 
Maryland to Venango county on horseback, 
bringing with them the necessaries of life and 
some of the comforts prepared by the mother. 
The father remained with the boys for awhile, 
saw them comfortably settled in a log cabin, 
then left them and returned to Maryland. Dur- 



ing this early period the boys were often mo- 
lested by a band of roving Indians, which occa- 
sionally ransacked their cabin and destroyed 
their crops. This .fact, together with the dis- 
pute between their father and the Holland 
Land Company concerning the land they occu- 
pied for several years, caused them to return 
to Maryland. Abraham C. finally returned, 
purchased the tract, built a log cabin and ever 
afterward made it his home. He cleared the 
tract of timber, converting it finally into a well- 
tilled farm of two hundred and fifty acres, 
situated in Cornplanter township, Venango 
county, Pennsylvania, the nearest postoffice 
being at the village of Plumer. He prospered 
in his afiPairs, and, from time to time, pur- 
chased additional lands, on some of which was 
a large amount of valuable pine timber. He 
operated a tannery, a business which he had 
learned from his father. It is said that the old 
vats can yet be seen. During the war of 181 2 
he shouldered his musket, and, with his brother- 
in-law, James Ricketts, walked from Venango 
county ( a distance of about sixty miles) to 
Erie, Pennsylvania, where he enlisted and 
served during the war, as shown by the records 
at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Mr. Prather 
was one of the most highly-respected men of 
his county, very energetic and capable in busi- 
ness, kind and jovial in disposition. 
He married, F'ebruary 7, 1822, Sarah Mc- 
% Calmont, bom in Center county, Pennsylvania, 
Februar}' 14, 1803, died December 26, 1874, 
daughter of Henry McCalmont, who was born 
in MiifRin county, Pennsylvania, March 15, 1776, 
died February 5, 1855, granddaughter of John 
McCalmont, born in Ireland, January 11, 1750, 
died August 3, 1832, who came to the United 
States from the north of Ireland, accompanied 
hy his wife, both of Scotch parentage. John 
McCalmont is buried at Plumer, his wife at 
Franklin, Pennsylvania. Abraham C. Prather 
and wife are buried at Plumer, Venango coun- 
ty, Pennsylvania, where their graves are mark- 
ed by suitable monuments, as is that of her 
father, Henry McCalmont, and his wife, Eliz- 
abeth (Wilson) Prather. Children: 1. Henry 
M., born May 17, 1823, died December 2, 1907 ; 
married Elizabeth Muss; children: Anna, 
Sarah and George. 2. Julia Ann, born Febru- 
ary 19, 1825, died unmarried, April i, i860. 
3. Mary, bom October 20, 1827, died June 27, 
1909: married Philip Hatch, also deceased: 
children : Jennie, David and Elizabeth. 4. John 

S., born February 17, 1830, died at Cleveland, 
Ohio; married Anna Henry, also deceased; 
child, Alice. 5. Jane W., born May 18, 1832, 
died October 3, 1851, unmarried. 6. George 
C, born May 16, 1835, died unmarried, No- 
vember 24, 1871. 7. Sarah Elizabeth, born 
August 31, 1838; married Dr. William P. 
Bemus (see Bemus IV). 8. Abraham S., of 
further mention. 9. Rebecca R., born Decem- 
ber IT, 1843: married John W. McClure; chil- 
dren: Harry, deceased; Lottie; John Charles, 
a resident of Cleveland, Ohio, and a veteran 
of the Spanish- American war, enlisting from 
California. 10. Robert T., born February 22, 
1847, ^li^ November 2, 1851. 

(V) Abraham S., eighth child of Abraham 
Crunkleton and Sarah (McCalmont) Prather, 
was born at the old homestead farm in Venan- 
go county, Pennsylvania, February 24, 1841. 
He was educated in the public schools, supple- 
mented by a special business course at Duff's 
College, Pittsburgh. He was reared on the 
farm, and began his business career as a mem- 
ber of the firm of Prather Brothers, lumber 
dealers of Venango county, Pennsylvania. 
Later he was extensively engaged in the oil 
business, and still later, for a number of years, 
was engaged in the banking business. In the 
year 1873 Mr. Prather came to Jamestown, 
where he was engaged in the manufacture and 
sale of lumber, and where he built the first 
brick manufacturing plant, which he operated 
for a number of years, and which was destroy- 
ed by fire, February 4, 1881, later he returned 
to the lumber trade. August 14, 1862, he en- 
listed in Company I, One Hundred and Forty- 
second Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer In- 
fantry, ranking as first sergeant. He was 
honorably discharged, January 6, 1863, on ac- 
count of disability. His name appears on the 
war records, at Washington, as Abram S. 
Prather. He is a charter member of James M. 
Brown Post, No. 285, Grand Army of the Re- 
public, and was elected the first commander 
of the post, after its organization in 1882. He 
was made a Mason in Shepherd Lodge, Free 
and Accepted Masons, at Titusville, Pennsyl- 
vania, in 1866, but, on removing to Jamestown, 
became a member of Mt. Moriah Lodge, No. 
145, of that city. He is also a member of 
Western Chapter, No. 67, Royal Arch Masons ; 
Jamestown Council, and Rose Croix Com- 
mandery, No. 38, of Titusville. He belongs to 
Linion Grange, Patrons of Husbandry. He is 



a Republican in politics, a member of the Con- 
gregational church, and of the Men*s Qub of 
that congregation. 

He married (first), February 4, 1864, Lucy 
Jane Holmden, bom September 21, 1844, died 
December 24, 1885. Her father, Thomas Holm- 
den, was born in England, and came to the 
United States, with his parents, and located in 
Cornplanter township, Venango county, Penn- 
sylvania. His father was a Baptist minister 
and preached in that locality, where he took up 
a tract of four hundred acres of land. Thomas 
Holmden married Sarah Henderson ; both died 
in Cleveland, Ohio, leaving six children: El- 
bridge, Lucy Jane, Eliza, Henry, Miles and 
Mary. Mr. Prather married (second), De- 
cember 14, 1892, Martha Fuller, born in the 
town of Poland, Chautauqua county, New 
York, November 23, 1848, daughter of Arad 
and Melvina A. (Bill) Fuller. Children of 
first marriage: i. Sarah May, born Septem- 
ber 21, 1865, died July 10, 1877. 2. John H., 
of further mention. 3. Myrtle, born March 16, 
1868; married Charles Wiltsie, who survives 
her. 4. Lucy Ama, born December 3, 1869; 
married Addison H. Brown; children: Pra- 
ther H., Herbert A., John A. and Albert Lowell. 
This family resides at Dallas Texas. 5. George 
A., born October 11, 1873, ^*^d March 4, 1875. 
6. Ida Florence, born August 2, 1875, died Au- 
gust 16, 1876. No issue by second marriage. 

(VI) John H., eldest son of Abraham S. 
and Lucy Jane (Holmden) Prather, was borri 
at Plumer, Venango county, Pennsylvania, No- 
vember 21, 1866. He was about seven years 
of age when his parents removed to James- 
town, where he received his education in the 
public schools. At the age of eighteen years 
he entered the law office of C. R. Lockwood, 
of Jamestown, under whom he studied for three 
years. In the fall of 1888 he entered Buffalo 
Law School, from whence he was graduated 
in the spring of 1890, and was admitted to the 
bar in the same year. While he is regularly 
qualified to practice in all courts of the state 
of New York, Mr. Prather does not practice 
his profession but conducts a general real 
estate business in Jamestown. He was one 
of the organizers of the Jamestown Metal 
Furniture Company, serving as president until 
its consolidation with the Art Metal Company, 
one of the leading and most successful busi- 
ness enterprises of Western New York. He 
has always taken a prominent part in the de- 
velopment of his city and suburbs, Maple 

Springs on Lake Chautauqua and Allen Park, 
being two of his more recent promotions. He 
is a man of excellent judgment, liberal in all 
his views, and held in the highest esteem by 
his townsmen. He served in the New York 
National Guard for four years, as a member 
of the well-known and popular Fenton Guards. 
He is a member of the Benevolent and Pro- 
tective Order of Elks, and, in 1897, was ex- 
alted ruler of Jamestown Lodge, No. 263, being 
the sixth member to hold that office since the 
organization of the lodge. His affiliations with 
the Masonic order are with Mt. Moriah Lodge, 
Free and Accepted Masons; Western Star 
Chapter, Royal Arch Masons ; Jamestown Com- 
mandery. Knights Templar; Ismailia Temple, 
Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. He is a Repub- 
lican in politics, and an attendant of the Pres- 
byterian church. 

He married, at Newcastle, Pennsylvania, 
June 8, 1898, Margaret Evelyn McFate, born 
May 8, 1869, at Cochranton, Crawford county, 
Pennsylvania, daughter of Robert W. and Hul- 
dah Jane (Ricketts) McFate. 

(The McFate Line). ' 

(I) The family of McFate was long seated 
in Scotland, where, as a mark of distinction, 
they bore arms : A bull and dagger, indicating 
courage and persistency. Robert McFate came 
out of Scotland and settled in Ireland, in the 
neighborhood of Drumharev, county Donegal. 
He married Elizabeth Brown. Children : James, 
John and Joseph. The line herein traced is 
that of Joseph. 

(II) Joseph, son of Robert and Elizabeth 
(Brown) McFate, married, in Ireland, 1752, 
Jane Culbertson. In 1796, with his son John 
and daughters Mary and Isabel, he came to 
the United States, settling in the state of Dela- 
ware. He is buried in the city of Wilmington, 
in that state. Children: i. Samuel, born in 
Ireland, 1754, came to the United States in 
1798, during the Irish rebellion, remained in 
this country about one year, then returned to 
Ireland, where he died May, 1842. He inar- 
ried (first) Mary Dunlap, (second) his cousin, 
Elizabeth McFate ; children by first wife : Jane, 
Robert, Sarah, Mary and Laticia ; children by 
second wife: John, Elizabeth, Margaret and 
Samuel. 2. William, went from Ireland to 
England, where it is supposed he died, as no 
tidings ever came from him. 3. Robert, of 
further mention. 4. John, came to the United 
States, with his father, in 1796; died unmar- 



ried, May lo, 1842, aged seventy- four years; 
buried in Franklin cemetery. 5. Mary, came 
to the United States in 1796; married, in Dela- 
ware, Robert Dunlap, and removed to South 
Carolina, where Robert died. She returned 
north about 1804 and settled in Venango coun- 
ty, Pennsylvania, where she married (second) 
Thomas Anderson. They lived six miles north 
of Oil City. She died January, 1863, aged 
eighty-three years. Thomas died September 
3> 1859, aged seventy- three years. They are 
buried in the Plumer graveyard. 6. Isabel, 
came to the United States in 1796; married 
John McKissick and settled in Westmoreland 
county, Pennsylvania, where John died. She 
returned to Venango county, with her bachelor 
brother, John McFate, about 1804, and settled 
four miles north of Franklin, where she died 
September, 1847, ^^^^ seventy-six years. She 
is buried in the old Shenango cemetery, Craw- 
ford county, Pennsylvania. 

(Ill) Robert (2), second son of Joseph 
and Jane (Culbertson) McFate, was born in 
Donegal county, Ireland, in 1765. He came 
to the United States in 1792, settling in Sher- 
man's Valley, Cumberland county, Pennsyl-" 
vania, where he married, in 1793, Jane Culbert- 
son. In 1798 they removed to Greensburg, 
Westmoreland county, and soon after to Venan- 
go county, Pennsylvania. For three years he 
made his home on a farm three miles from Oil 
City, then removed two miles further north, 
and settled on a tract of wild land. He cleared 
a farm from the wilderness, on which he lived 
until his death, July 28, 1829, aged sixty-four 
years. The McFates were instrumental in 
organizing the first church in that neighbor- 
hood, in 1824. Rev. Daniel McLean was the 
first pastor and organizer of the congregation, 
called the Associate or Seceder church, of 
Cherry Run. Robert McFate was one of the 
first elders of the congregation and held the 
office until his death. His son Joseph succeed- 
ed him. Children: i. A child, died in infancy. 
2. Jane, born in Sherman's Valley, Pennsyl- 
vania, August 22, 1796; married James Miller; 
children: Robert, Margaret, Elizabeth, Jane, 
Nancy and Mary. 3. Mary, bom in Sherman's 
Valley, February, 1798; married John Neill, an 
elder of the Cherry Run church; children: 
Jane, Robert, William, Joseph, Mary Ann and 
John. 4. Isabel, bom in Greensburg, Penn- 
sylvania, in 1800, died April 28, 1864; married 
William Lytle and lived in Venango and Craw- 
ford counties, Pennsylvania; children: John, 


Jane, Nancy, Mary, Eliza, Isabel, Margaret, 
William, Robert and Sarah. 5. Joseph, of fur- 
ther mention. 6. Nancy, bom in Venango 
county, Pennsylvania; married Mark Ward; 
children: John, Robert, James, Moses, Mark, 
oseph, Samuel and Mary Jane. Nancy died 
anuary 5, 1859, aged fifty-six years. Her 
husband died December 22, 1854, aged fifty- 
six years. They are buried in the Presbyter- 
ian church graveyard at Cherry Tree, Venango 
count}% Pennsylvania. 7. Samuel, born in 
Venango county, Pennsylvania, in 1809; mar- 
ried, in January, 1832, Elizabeth Black; chil- 
dren : Robert, Elizabeth, Samuel, Jane, Joseph 
and Mary. Samuel died November 21, 1843, 
and is buried in the Plumer graveyard. 8. 
Elizabeth, born December 14, 1814; married 
her cousin, Samuel McFate, August 15, 1844; 
she died September 19, 1884, "a Christian of 
the most beautiful type"; her husband died 
September 22, 1870; children: Jane, Samuel, 
Robert, John. 9. Robert, born in Venango 
county, Pennsylvania, February, 1816; mar- 
ried Laticia McFate, February 15, 1859, and 
lived near Plumer, Pennsylvania, until 1867; 
he then removed to Crawford county, purchas- 
ing a farm near Cochranton ; both were mem- 
bers of the United Presbyterian Church. 10. 
A child, died in infancy. 

(IV) Joseph (2), eldest son and fifth child 
of Robert (2) and Jane (Culbertson) McFate, 
was born in Westmoreland county, Pennsyl- 
vania, February 9, 1802, died February 15, 
1879. He lived, for thirty-two years after his 
marriage, on part of the old farm of his father, 
in Venango county ; he then sold out, and, in 
1865, removed to Cochranton, Crawford coun- 
ty, Pennsylvania, where he lived the remainder 
of his life. He married, January 10, 1832, 
Margaret McKnight, born in Ireland, August, 
1806, died in Crawford county, Pennsylvania, 
April 20, 1884, daughter of David and Mary 
(Williams) McKni^t. David McKnight was 
born in Ireland, 1771. He married, in his na- 
tive land, Marv Williams, bom 1776. After 
the birth of six children they came to the 
United States, in 181 1, bringing four children 
and leaving two with their grandfather, Daniel 
Williams. They landed in Philadelphia, later 
going to Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, 
and, in 1812, settling in Crawford county, 
north of Sugar Lake. Then, in a few years, 
he removed near the lake and cleared a farm, 
where they lived the remainder of their days. 
In 1822 the two children left in Ireland, Mar- 



garet and Marv Ann, joined their parents in 
Pennsylvania. David McKnight died August, 
1835, aged sixty-four years. His wife Mary 
died October, 1851, aged seventy-five years. 
Children : Andrew, Jane, Thomas, Daniel, Mary 
Ann, Margaret, married Joseph McFate. Chil- 
dren of Mr. and Mrs. McFate: i. Mary Jane, 
born October 16, 1832, died April 7, 1834. 2. 
Robert W., of further mention. 3. Daniel, 
bom January 11, 1836; settled, in 1867, in 
Crawford county, on a farm two miles north 
of Cochranton. He married, March 9, 1865, 
Margaret McFate; children: Francis Joseph 
and Lizzie Bell, others dying in infancy. 4. 
John G., born in Venango county, Pennsyl- 
vania, December 16, 1837; married, February 
14, 1866, Elizabeth Burchfield; settled first in 
Cleveland, Ohio, later at Greenville, Mercer 
county, Pennsylvania. Children :. William P., 
Howard C, Percy E., Cornell R., LeGrand, 
La Pierre, Mary E., John K. Derwood. 5. 
Sarah Jane, born October 4, 1839, died Octo- 
ber 2, 1864; married, October 27, 1863, 

; child, Sadie. 6. Daniel H., bom Au- 

gust 24, 1841 ; was postmaster at Cochranton, 
Pennsylvania, and a member of the United 
Presbyterian Church; married, December 2, 
1869, Maria Louisa Stainbrook; children: 
Arthur C, Dora Vienna and Gaylord L. 7. 
Eliza Jane, bom February 23, 1844, died Janu- 
ary 19, 1862. 8. Joseph S., born October 16, 
1848; settled in Cochranton; member of the 
United Presbyterian Church ; married; March, 
1871, Nancy J. Green ; children: Sadie M. and 
Lizzie L. 9. Thomas A., died September 17, 
1851, aged five years. 10. William A., born 
April 29, 1 851; settled on the old McFate 
homestead, at Cochranton ; married, Septem- 
ber, 1875, Matilda Coley. 

(V) Robert W., eldest son and second child 
of Joseph (2) and Margaret (McKnight) Mc- 
Fate, was born in Venango county, Pennsyl- 
vania, April 25, 1834. After marriage he re 
moved to Plumer, Pennsylvania, removing, in 
September, 1866, to Cochranton, Pennsylvania. 
He married, April 12, 1865, Huldah Jane, 
daughter of James and Jane (McCalmont) 
Ricketts, maternal granddaughter of John Mc- 
Calmont, bom in Ireland, January 11, 1750. 
Children of Robert W. and Huldah Jane Mc- 
Fate : Joseph Vernon, bom December 26, 1866 ; 
Margaret Evelyn, May 8, 1869, married John 
H. Prather; James Lee, May 30, 1871, married 
Esther Naylor Ray ; John Clare, November 30, 
1873, married Ruby Thomas. 

(The Fuller Line). 

(I) Martha (Fuller) Prather descends from 
John Fuller, one of the first settlers of Cam- 
bridge village, Massachusetts. He was born 
in 161 1, settled in Cambridge in 1644. In De- 
cember, 1658, he purchased seven hundred and 
fifty acres of land, which by subsequent pur- 
chase he increased to one thousand acres. This 
tract was long known as the "Fuller Farm." 
He divided it among his five sons by his will 
dated 1696, one son, Isaac, having died before 
him. He married Elizabeth . Chil- 
dren: John, bom 1645, ^^^^ aged seventy-five 
years; Jonathan, 1648, died aged seventy- four 
years; Elizabeth, married Job Hyde; Joseph, 
born February 10, 1652, died at the age of 
eighty-eight years ; Joshua, April 2, 1654, died 
aged ninety-eight years; Jeremiah, February 
4, 1658, died at the age of eighty-three years ; 
Bethia, November 23, 1661, married Lieutenant 
Nathaniel Bond ; Isaac, died unmarried. The 
longevity of these five sons was remarkable. 

(II) John (2), eldest son of John (i) and 
Elizabeth Fuller, married (first) Abigail Bal- 
ston, 1682; married (second), October 14, 
1714, Margaret Hicks. His will, proved 1720, 
mentions wife Margaret, four sons and three 
daughters. His four brothers were made ex- 
ecutors of his will. Children: Sarah, bom 
October 5, i68.'^; John (3), married Sarah 
Chinery ; Abigail, born March 8, 1688 ; James, 
February 4. 1690; Hannah, August 31, 1693; 
Isaac, November 22, 1695, niarried Abigail 

; Jonathan, died young ; Jonathan, born 

March 28, 1700, married Elizabeth Woodward ; 
Caleb, of further mention. 

(III) Caleb, youngest child of John (2) and 
Margaret (Hicks) Fuller, was bom February 
24, 1702, died 1770. He married (first) Tem- 
perance Hyde, died August 25, 1749. He 
married (second), December 27, 1750, Mary 
Hovey. Children: Ephraim, born December 
3, 1725, married Esther Warren; Nehemiah, 
September 16, 1727; William, of further men- 
tion ; Bethia, November 13, 1734, married John 
Murdock; Ann, March 31, 1739. 

(IV) William, son of Caleb and Temper- 
ance (Hyde) Fuller, was born June 2, 1732, 

died 1802. He married (first) Elizabeth , 

who bore him Caty and Nathaniel. He mar- 
ried (second) Persis Paine, a descendant of 
Thomas Paine, the immigrant, and a relative of 
Robert Treat Paine. Children : William, Per- 
sis, Witt, and a daughter. 

(V) Witt, son of William and Persis ( Paine) 



Fuller, was born near Boston, Massachusetts, 
about 1760; settled in Vermont, where he died 
about 1810. Married Deborah Garfield. Chil- 
dren: Persis, Betsey, Lucy, Laura, Walden, 
Nathan, Arad and Amos. 

(VI) Amos, son of Witt and Deborah (Gar- 
field) Fuller, was bom in Vermont, in 1798, 
died in Chautauqua county. New York, Sep- 
tember 2T^ 1879. After his marriage he came, 
in 1833, with his wife and young children, from 
Norwich, Windsor county, Vermont, to Buf- 
falo, by way of the Erie canal, byt later, in 
the same year, removed to Chautauqua county, 
where he engaged in lumbering in the town of 
Poland. For several years he was justice of 
the peace and later assessor of the town. He 
also engaged in farming. He was a Whig in 
politics, later a Republican. He was a mem- 
ber of the Methodist Episcopal church for 
many years, but late in life became a Uni- 
versalist. He was a man of great strength and 
very large. He married Charity Roberts, in 
Vermont. Children : Arad, of further mention : 
Lucy A., Clarissa M., Danford D., Mary W. 
and Laura A. None of the daughters reached 
womanhood. Danford D. removed to Iowa, 
later to Dakota, where he died in 1885. 

(VII) Arad, eldest child of Amos and Char- 
ity (Roberts) Fuller, was born in Windsor 
county, Vermont, November 13, 1822, died 
April II, 1887. He was educated in the dis- 
trict school and helped his father in his lum- 
bering operations until 1844, when he pur- 
chased fifty acres of partly improved land, in 
the northwestern part of Poland, and, in 184&, 
added one hundred acres to the original farm. 
On March 4, 1844, he married, and at once 
took his bride to his farm, which was ever 
afterward their home. He prospered in busi- 
ness, and, year after year, improvements were 
made and additional acres purchased, until the 
farm comprised six hundred acres of well- 
cultivated, fertile fields. From 1855 to 1870 
he made dairying a specialty, later giving espe- 
cial attention to the breeding and raising of 
thoroughbred short-horn stock. For many 
vears he was a member of the American Short 
Horn Breeders Association, and, by his ex- 
ample and precept, interested his neighbors in 
improving their own herds. He was broad 
and liberal minded, very generous and sym- 
pathetic, and deeply interested in the course of 
education. He helped young men along in the 
world, while his wife was equally kind hearted 

and generous. He was a Republican in politics. 
He believed in the enfranchisement of women 
and aided the cause of woman's suffrage all 
he could. 

He married Melvina A., second daughter of 
Norton B. and Samantha (Ransom) Bill. She 
was born in Perry, Genesee (now Wyoming) 
county, New York, May 22, 1824, died June 
28, 1894. She retained the management of 
the farm one year after her husband's death, 
assisted by her daughter Martha, then removed 
to Jamestown. She was a most capable woman 
and greatly beloved. Children: i. Sophia C, 
married, April 25, 1872, J. H. Ely, and resides 
at Kennedy, New York. 2. Martha, married 
Abraham S. Prather, and resided, for several 
years, at "Fuller's Farms," the home of her 
childhood and middle age ; she is now a resident 
of Jamestown (see Prather V). 3. Frank, mar- 
ried, March 29, 1876, Elizabeth Phillips, and 
resides at Lillydale, New York. 

John Benham and his sons, 
HEXHAM John and Joseph, came from 

Plymouth, England, in the ship 
"Mary and John," and landed at Nantasket, 
near Boston, Massachusetts, May 30, 1630. 
They settled at Dorchester (now South Bos- 
ton), and were allotted land among the original 
proprietors. John, senior, was a brickmaker 
and the "town crier," and belonged to the Old 
South Church, of Boston. In 1638 they joined 
Eaton and Davenport'9 colony, and were num- 
bered among the seventy original families who 
colonized New Haven, Connecticut. A four- 
acre house lot and sixteen-acre out lot were 
assigned them. In 1670 Joseph Benham, the 
younger son, went to Wallingford, a few miles 
north of New Haven, and became an original 
proprietor of that town. When John Benham 
or his sons were born in England is unknown, 
or who was his English wife is uncertain. He 
married (second), November 16, 1659, at Bos- 
ton, Margery, widow of Thomas Allcock, of 
Dedham, Massachusetts, who died, within a 
few weeks, after reaching her husband's home, 
in New Haven. John Benham died in 1661. 
From Connecticut the Benhams scattered in 
every direction. At least thirty of them were 
in the revolutionary war, others in the war of 
18 1 2, and a hundred, at least, in the civil war. 
Henry Washington Benham graduated from 
West Point, at the head of his class of fifty, on 
July I, 1837. He was a successful general in 



the civil war, and a noted military engineer, at 
Boston, after the war. His cousin, Andrew K. 
Benham, was rear-admiral in the civil war, 
took General Grant around the world, com- 
manded on our naval difficulty with Brazil, 
and brought that government to time, and re- 
tired in i894. He was appointed on a com- 
mission, with Admiral Dewey, to investigate 
the Sampson-Schley imbroglio. His father, 
Timothy Green Benham, was a commodore in 
the navy. Henry H. Benham, son of the gen- 
eral, is now a captain in the regular army, at 
Manilla. Daniel Benham, of Cleveland, Ohio, 
is colonel of the Seventh United States In- 
fantry. Major Robert Benham figured, with 
Daniel Boone, in the pioneer Indian wars of 
Kentucky and Ohio. 

The Benhams have not only been prominent 
in the army and navy, but have graced the 
pulpit, the professions, and literary circles. 
Joseph Benham, of Kentucky, and later of 
Cincinnati, was a noted lawyer and orator, and 
welcomed General Lafayette, in an eloquent 
address, at Cincinnati, in 1832. His daughter, 
Henrietta Benham, married George D. Pren- 
tice, the founder of the Louisville Courier- 
Journal, and contributed no little to its merits. 
Opie Read, the novelist, now of Chicago, mar- 
ried the sister of Philo D. Benham, the man- 
ager of the American Illustrated Methodist 
Magazine, of St. Louis, Missouri. Scores of 
ministers of the gospel bear the name of Ben- 
ham. Rev. William Benham, the noted rector 
of the church of St. Edmunds the King, 
Lombard street, London, is a canon in the 
Church of England, and author of the "Dic- 
tionary of Religion" and other works. David 
Benham was a bishop, in England, as early as 
A. D. 1246. The Benhams are enrolled in the 
British navy, and figure in civil life in London 
and surrounding counties. 

(II) Joseph, son of John Benham, the immi- 
grant, settled in New Haven with his father, 
but, in 1670, removed to Wallingford, Connec- 
ticut, with the first settlers of that town. He 
died in 1702. He married Winifred King; chil- 
dren: Mary, Joseph, Sarah, Johannah, Eliza- 
beth, John, John, Mary, Samuel, Sarah, James 
and Winifred. 

(III) John (2), son of Joseph Benham, was 
born November 3, 1671, in Wallingford, Con- 
necticut. He married, and among his children 
was a son Nathan. 

(IV) Nathan, born about 1700, in Walling- 
ford, Connecticut, son of John Benham, mar- 

ried Mary 

Among his children was a 

son Ebenezer. 

(V) Ebenezer, son* of Nathan Benham, was 
born October 31, 1726; was a resident of Wall- 
ingford, Connecticut. He married, November 
23, 1750, Elizabeth Hotchkiss, Among his 
children was a son Isaac. 

(VI) Isaac, son of Ebenezer Benham, was 
born in Waterbury, Connecticut, October 21, 
1760. He settled in New York state, after a 
short residence in Vermont, locating in Ontario 
county, th^ little more than a wilderness. He 
cleared a farm and was one of the well-to-do 
men of his neighborhood. He married a wife 
of Scotch descent, and had children : Isaac and 
Joseph, who died in Michigan ; Betsey, died in 
Michigan; Phoebe Ann, died in New York 
state, and Alvin. 

(VII) Alvin, son of Isaac Benham, was 
born in Massachusetts, in 1808 ; died in Naples, 
Ontario county, New York, March, 1850. He 
was a man of education, and, early in life, was 
a school teacher. Later he was a bookkeeper 
for a large firm, in Naples. He was a man 
of integrity and highly regarded in his town. 
He married, in 1823, Martha Kinney, bom 
in Naples, March 10, 1806, died at Mendon, 
Michigan, in June, 1870, daughter of Peabody 
and Priscilla Kinney. Her father was a farmer, 
and one of the pioneer settlers of Ontario 
county, coming there from Massachusetts, his 
native state. He was a soldier of the war of 
18 12, yet met his death by a runaway team. 
Mrs. Benham survived her husband, and brave- 
ly met the burdens laid upon her, bringing up 
her young family, and later seeing them settled 
in life. Children: i. Ozias P., died in 1889, 
leaving five sons. 2. Cordelia, bom April i,. 
1828, died in Michigan, in 1853; married Silas 
Rogers. 3. Sarah J., bora June 29, 1830; mar- 
ried S. S. Avery, whom she survives, a resi- 
dent of Mendon, Michigan; now past eighty 
years of age, she is active and cheerful, and as 
"Aunt Sarah" is known and beloved by the 
entire village. 4. Theodore I., born June 10, 
1832, died 1897; three children. 5. Morris P., 
bora May 3, 1834, died at Devil's Lake, North 
Dakota, in 1887, leaving a widow and three 
sons; he served three years in the civil war, 
in Company C, Seventeenth Regiment, Michi- 
gan Infantry, and was honorably discharged, 
with a good record. 6. Charles H., born May, 
1839; served four years in the civil war. Com- 
pany B, Fiftieth Regiment, New York Engi- 
neering Corps, and was honorably discharged. 



1861. 10. Colonel George H., a lawyer of 
Meadville, Pennsylvania. 

(IV) Dr. William Prendergast Bemus, sev- 
enth child of Charles and Relepha (Boyd) 
Bemus, was born at Bemus Point, Chau- 
tauqua county, New York, October 4, 1827, 
died at Buffalo, September 19, 1890, where 
he practiced his profession for thirty-eight 
years, without interruption. He was edu- 
cated in the Ellcry public schools, Fredonia 
high school, and under private tutors. He 
studied medicine with Dr. Shanahan, of War- 
ren. Pennsylvania, attended lectures at Ober- 
lin College, and was graduated, M. D., from 
the Berkshire Medical Institute, of Spring- 
field, Massachusetts. He began the practice 
of his profession at Ashville, New York, four 
years later removing to Jamestown, continuing 
there in practice until his death. He was a 
skillful physician and held a commanding posi- 
tion among the practitioners of Chautauqua 
county. He was ever ready to respond to any 
appeal for medical assistance, and the amount 
of his free practice was immense. It is known 
of him that he never went to law to collect a 
bill for professional service. He was gentle 
and sympathetic in the sick room, and so con- 
stantly mindful of the comfort of his patients 
that they came to regard him with sincere and 
deep aflFection. He died deeply regretted and 
the exceptionally large number of persons that 
attended his funeral demonstrated the respect 
and love in which Dr. Bemus was held by his 
community. He was a member of the St. 
Luke's Episcopal Church, of Jamestown, and 
an ardent Democrat in politics. He was presi- 
dent of the Cleveland Democratic Club, and, 
though active in the Democratic party, never 
aspired to or held any political office. He was 
secretary of the board of pensions at James- 
town, a non-political office. He was a mem- 
ber of the Chautauqua County Medical Soci- 
ety, the members of which attended the funeral 
in a body. 

He married (first), in 1855, Helen O. Nor- 
ton, who died March 7, 1874, daughter of 
Squire Morris Norton, of Ashville, New York. 
He married (second), June 3, 187^, Sarah 
Elizabeth Pr^ther, born in Venango county, 
Pennsylvania, August 31, 1838, daughter of 
Abraham C. and Sarah (McCalmont) Prather 
(see Prather IV). She survives her husband 
and resides in Jamestown, in which city she 
has made her residence since October ri, 1873. 
Early in life she became a member of the 

United Presbyterian Church, but, after her 
marriage to Dr. Bemus, became a member of 
St. Luke's Episcopal Church, of Jamestown. 
Children of first marriage: Helen L., married 
Fred E. Hatch, of Jamestown (see Hatch V) ; 
Dr. Morris N. Bemus, of Jamestown. Child 
of second marriage: A daughter w^ho died in 

The Prather family of James- 
PR ATH ER town. New York, descend from 

English and Scotch ancestors, 
who settled in America at an early date, prob- 
ably in Maryland, where it is known there 
were three brothers bearing that name, one of 
whom was the father of Henry Prather, of the 
second generation. 

(II) Henry Prather was born in Maryland. 
September 14, 1732 (o. s.), died August 29. 
1775. He lived on the Prather homestead 
farm, which was an original grant from King 
George, of England. He married. May 9, 
1754, Elizabeth Hicks, bom February 11, 1736 
( o. s. ) , of Danish parentage. Children : Thomas 
Hicks, born April 2, 1755 ; Henry, died in in- 
fancy; John, born January 16, 1759; Mar>*, 
October 31, 1760; Abraham, October 16, 1762; 
Henry, October 3, 1764; Bazil, April 4, 1770: 
Eleanor, February 6, 1772. 

(III) Thomas Hicks, son of Henry and 
Elizabeth (Hicks) Prather, was born in the 
state of Maryland, April 2, 1755. Later he 
removed to the state of Pennsylvania, where 
he died February 15, 1818. He was a soldier 
of the revolution. He married Elizabeth Crun- 
kleton, January 25, 1776. She was born Feb- 
ruary 22, 1758, died June 20, 1831. Children: 
Polly, bom November 7, 1776; Henry, August 
5, 1778; Sarah, October 25, 1780; Ruhany, De- 
cember 16, 1784; Abraham C, see forward; 
Rebecca, November 18, 1789; Thomas H., May 

7* 1794. 

(IV) Abraham Crunkleton, son of Thomas 

Hicks and Elizabeth (Crunkleton) Prather. 
was born in Franklin county, Pennsylvania, 
September 19, 1786, died July 7, 1850. About 
the year 1798 his father took up a tract of land 
in Venango county, Pennsylvania, and, with 
his two sons, Abraham and Robert, rode from 
Maryland to Venango county on horseback, 
bringing with them the necessaries of life and 
some of the comforts prepared by the mother. 
The father remained with the boys for awhile, 
saw them comfortably settled in a log cabin, 
then left them and returned to Maryland. Dur- 



ing this early period the boys were often mo- 
lested by a band of roving Indians, which occa- 
sionally ransacked their cabin and destroyed 
their crops. This .fact, together with the dis- 
pute between their father and the Holland 
Land Company concerning the land they occu- 
pied for several years, caused them to return 
to Maryland. Abraham C. finally returned, 
purchased the tract, built a log cabin and ever 
afterward made it his home. He cleared the 
tract of timber, converting it finally into a well- 
tilled farm of two hundred and fifty acres, 
situated in Cornplanter township, Venango 
county, Pennsylvania, the nearest postoffice 
being at the village of Plumer. He prospered 
in his affairs, and, from time to time, pur- 
chased additional lands, on some of which was 
a large amount of valuable pine timber. He 
operated a tannery, a business which he had 
learned from his father. It is said that the old 
vats can yet be seen. During the war of 1812 
he shouldered his musket, and, with his brother- 
in-law, James Ricketts, walked from Venango 
county ( a distance of about sixty miles) to 
Erie, Pennsylvania, where he enlisted and 
served during the war, as shown by the records 
at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Mr. Prather 
was one of the most highly-respected men of 
his county, very energetic and capable in busi- 
ness, kind and jovial in disposition. 

He married, February 7, 1822, Sarah Mc- 
Calmont, bom in Center county, Pennsylvania, 
Febniar}' 14, 1803, died December 26, 1874. 
daughter of Henry McCalmont, who was born 
in MtifBin county, Pennsylvania, March 15, 1776, 
died February 5, 1855, granddaughter of John 
McCalmont, born in Ireland, January 11, 1750, 
died August 3. 1832, who came to the United 
States from the north of Ireland, accompanied 
by his wife, both of Scotch parentage. John 
McCalmont is buried at Plumer, his wife at 
Franklin, Pennsylvania. Abraham C. Prather 
and wife are buried at Plumer, Venango coun- 
ty, Pennsylvania, where their graves are mark- 
ed by suitable monuments, as is that of her 
father, Henry McCalmont, and his wife, Eliz- 
abeth (Wilson) Prather. Children: 1. Henry 
M., born May 17, 1823, died December 2, 1907 ; 
married Elizabeth Muss; children: Anna, 
Sarah and George. 2. Julia Ann, born Febru- 
ary 19, 1825, died unmarried, April i, i860. 
3. Mary, born October 20, 1827, died June 27, 
1909; married Philip Hatch, also deceased; 
children : Jennie, David and Elizabeth. 4. John 

S., born February 17, 1830, died at Cleveland, 
Ohio; married Anna Henry, also deceased; 
child, Alice. 5. Jane W., born May 18, 1832, 
died October 3, 1851, unmarried. 6. George 
C, born May 16, 1835, died unmarried, No- 
vember 24, 1 87 1. 7. Sarah Elizabeth, born 
August 31, 1838; married Dr. William P. 
Bemus (see Bemus IV). 8. Abraham S., of 
further mention. 9. Rebecca R., born Decem- 
ber II, 1843; married John W. McClure; chil- 
dren : Harry, deceased ; Lottie ; John Charles, 
a resident of Cleveland, Ohio, and a veteran 
of the Spanish-American war, enlisting from 
California. 10. Robert T., born February 22, 
1847, ^li^ November 2, 1851. 

(V) Abraham S., eighth child of Abraliam 
Crunkleton and Sarah (McCalmont) Prather, 
was born at the old homestead farm in Venan- 
go county, Pennsylvania, February 24, 1841. 
He was educated in the public schools, supple- 
mented by a special business course at Duff's 
College, Pittsburgh. He was reared on the 
farm, and began his business career as a mem- 
ber of the firm of Prather Brothers, lumber 
dealers of Venango county, Pennsylvania. 
Later he was extensively engaged in the oil 
business, and still later, for a number of years, 
was engaged in the banking business. In the 
year 1873 Mr. Prather came to Jamestown, 
where he was engaged in the manufacture and 
sale of lumber, and where he built the first 
brick manufacturing plant, which he operated 
for a number of years, and which was destroy- 
ed by fire, February 4, 1881, later he returned 
to the lumber trade. August 14, 1862, he en- 
listed in Company I, One Hundred and Forty- 
second Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer In- 
fantry, ranking as first sergeant. He was 
honorably discharged, January 6, 1863, on ac- 
count of disability. His name appears on the 
war records, at Washington, as Abram S. 
Prather. He is a charter member of James M. 
Brown Post, No. 285, Grand Army of the Re- 
public, and was elected the first commander 
of the post, after its organization in 1882. He 
was made a Mason in Shepherd Lodge, Free 
and Accepted Masons, at Titusville, Pennsyl- 
vania, in 1866, but, on removing to Jamestown, 
became a member of Mt. Moriah Lodge, No. 
145, of that city. He is also a member of 
Western Chapter, No. 67, Royal Arch Masons ; 
Jamestown Council, and Rose Croix Com- 
mandery, No. 38, of Titusville. He belongs to 
L'uion Grange, Patrons of Husbandry. He is 



1861. 10. Colonel George H., a lawyer of 
Meadville, Pennsylvania. 

(IV) Dr. William Prendergast Bemus, sev- 
enth child of Charles and Relepha (Boyd) 
Bemus, was born at Bemus Point, Chau- 
tauqua county, New York, October 4, 1827, 
died at Buffalo, September 19, 1890, where 
he practiced his profession for thirty-eight 
years, without interruption. He was edu- 
cated in the Ellery public schools, Fredonia 
high school, and under private tutors. He 
studied medicine with Dr. Shanahan, of War- 
ren, Pennsylvania, attended lectures at Ober- 
lin College, and was graduated, M. D., from 
the Berkshire Medical Institute, of Spring- 
field, Massachusetts. He began the practice 
of his profession at Ashville, New York, four 
years later, removing to Jamestown, continuing 
there in practice until his death. He was a 
skillful physician and held a commanding posi- 
tion among the practitioners of Chautauqua 
county. He was ever ready to respond to any 
appeal for medical assistance, and the amount 
of his free practice was immense. It is known 
of him that he never went to law to collect a 
bill for professional service. He was gentle 
and sympathetic in the sick room, and so con- 
stantly mindful of the comfort of his patients 
that they came to regard him with sincere and 
deep affection. He died deeply regretted and 
the exceptionally large number of persons that 
attended his funeral demonstrated the respect 
and love in which Dr. Bemus was held by his 
community. He was a member of the St. 
Luke's Episcopal Church, of Jamestown, and 
an ardent Democrat in politics. He was presi- 
dent of the Cleveland Democratic Club, and, 
though active in the Democratic party, never 
aspired to or held any political office. He was 
secretary of the board of pensions at James- 
town, a non-political office. He was a mem- 
ber of the Chautauqua County Medical Soci- 
ety, the members of which attended the funeral 
in a body. 

He married (first), in 1855, Helen O. Nor- 
ton, who died March 7, 1874, daughter of 
Squire Morris Norton, of Ashville, New York. 
He married (second), June 3, 187^, Sarah 
Elizabeth Prather, born in Venango county, 
Pennsylvania, August 31, 1838, daughter of 
Abraham C. and Sarah (McCalmont) Prather 
(see Prather IV). She survives her husband 
and resides in Jamestown, in which city she 
has made her residence since October 11, 1873. 
Early in life she became a member of the 

United Presbyterian Church, but, after her 
marriage to Dr. Bemus, became a member of 
St. Luke's Episcopal Church, of Jamestown. 
Children of first marriage: Helen L., married 
Fred E. Hatch, of Jamestown (see Hatch V) : 
Dr. Morris N. Bemus, of Jamestown. Child 
of second marriage: A daughter who died in 

The Prather family of James- 
PR ATHER town. New York, descend from 

English and Scotch ancestors, 
who settled in America at an early date, prob- 
ably in Maryland, where it is known there 
were three brothers beating that name, one of 
whom was the father of Henry Prather, of the 
second generation. 

(II) Henry Prather was born in Maryland, 
September 14, 1732 (o. s.), died August 29, 
1775. He lived on the Prather homestead 
farm, which was an original grant from King 
George, of England. He married. May 9, 
1754, Elizabeth Hicks, bom February 11, 1736 
(o. s. ) , of Danish parentage. Children : Thomas 
Hicks, born April 2, 1755; Henry, died in in- 
fancy; John, born January 16, 1759; Mar)-, 
October 31, 1760; Abraham, October 16, 1762; 
Henry, October 3, 1764; Bazil, April 4, 1770: 
Eleanor, February 6, 1772. 

(III) Thomas Hicks, son of Henry and 
Elizabeth (Hicks) Prather, was bom in the 
state of Maryland, April 2, 1755. Later he 
removed to the state of Pennsylvania, where 
he died February 15, 1818. He was a soldier 
of the revolution. He married Elizabeth Crun- 
kleton, January 25, 1776. She was bom Feb- 
niary 22, 1758, died June 20, 1831. Children: 
Polly, bora November 7, 1776; Henry, August 
5, 1778; Sarah, October 25, 1780; Ruhany, De- 
cember 16, 1784; Abraham C, see forward; 
Rebecca, November 18, 1789; Thomas H., May 

7. 1794. 

(IV) Abraham Crunkleton, son of Thomas 

Hicks and Elizabeth (Cmnkleton) Prather, 
was born in Franklin county, Pennsylvania, 
September 19, 1786, died July 7, 1850. About 
the year 1798 his father took up a tract of land 
in Venango county, Pennsylvania, and, with 
his two sons, Abraham and Robert, rode from 
Maryland to Venango county on horseback, 
bringing with them the necessaries of life and 
some of the comforts prepared by the mother. 
The father remained with the boys for awhile, 
saw them comfortably settled in a log cabin, 
then left them and returned to Maryland. Dur- 



ing this early period the boys were often mo- 
lested by a band of roving Indians, which occa- 
sionally ransacked their cabin and destroyed 
their crops. This .fact, together with the dis- 
pute between their father and the Holland 
Land Company concerning the land they occu- 
pied for several years, caused them to return 
to Maryland. Abraham C. finally returned, 
purchased the tract, built a log cabin and ever 
afterward made it his home. He cleared the 
tract of timber, converting it finally into a well- 
tilled farm of two hundred and fifty acres, 
situated in Cornplanter township, Venango 
county, Pennsylvania, the nearest postoffice 
being at the village of Plumer. He prospered 
in his affairs, and, from time to time, pur- 
chased additional lands, on some of which was 
a large amount of valuable pine timber. He 
operated a tannery, a business which he had 
learned from his father. It is said that the old 
vats can yet be seen. During the war of 1812 
he shouldered hismusket, and, with his brother- 
in-law, James Ricketts, walked from Venango 
county ( a distance of about sixty miles) to 
Erie, Pennsylvania, where he enlisted and 
served during the war, as shown by the records 
at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Mr. Prather 
was one of the most highly-respected men of 
his county, very energetic and capable in busi- 
ness, kind and jovial in disposition. 

He married, February 7, 1822, Sarah Mc- 
Calmont, bom in Center county, Pennsylvania, 
February 14, 1803, died December 26, 1874, 
daughter of Henry McCalmont, who was born 
in MSfflin county, Pennsylvania, March 15, 1776, 
died February 5, 1855, granddaughter of John 
McCalmont, born in Ireland, January 11, 1750, 
died August 3, 1832, who came to the United 
States from the north of Ireland, accompanied 
by his wife, both of Scotch parentage. John 
McCalmont is buried at Plumer, his wife at 
Franklin, Pennsylvania. Abraham C. Prather 
and wife are buried at Plumer, Venango coun- 
ty, Pennsylvania, where their graves are mark- 
ed by suitable monuments, as is that of her 
father, Henry McCalmont, and his wife, Eliz- 
abeth (Wilson) Prather. Children: 1. Henry 
M., born May 17, 1823, died December 2, 1907 ; 
married Elizabeth Muss; children: Anna, 
Sarah and George. 2. Julia Ann, born Febru- 
ary 19, 1825, died unmarried, April i, i860. 
3. Mary, bom October 20, 1827, died June 27, 
1909; married Philip Hatch, also deceased; 
children : Jennie, David and Elizabeth. 4. John 

S., born February 17, 1830, died at Cleveland, 
Ohio; married Anna Henry, also deceased; 
child, Alice. 5. Jane W., born May 18, 1832, 
died October 3, 185 1, unmarried. 6. George 
C, born May 16, 1835, died unmarried, No- 
vember 24, 187 1. 7. Sarah Elizabeth, born 
August 31, 1838; married Dr. William P. 
Hemus (see Bemus IV'). 8. Abraham S., of 
further mention. 9. Rebecca R., born Decem- 
ber II, 1843; married John W. McClure; chil- 
dren: Harry, deceased; Lottie; John Charles, 
a resident of Cleveland, Ohio, and a veteran 
of the Spanish- American war, enlisting from 
California. 10. Robert T., born February 22, 
1847, died November 2, 1851. 

(V) Abraham S., eighth child of Abraham 
Crunkleton and Sarah (McCalmont) Prather, 
was bom at the old homestead farm in Venan- 
go county, Pennsylvania, February 24, 1841. 
He was educated in the public schools, supple- 
mented by a special business course at Duff's 
College, Httsburgh. He was reared on the 
farm, and began his business career as a mem- 
ber of the firm of Prather Brothers, lumber 
dealers of Venango county, Pennsylvania. 
Later he was extensively engaged in the oil 
business, and still later, for a number of years, 
was engaged in the banking business. In the 
year 1873 Mr. Prather came to Jamestown, 
where he was engaged in the manufacture and 
sale of lumber, and where he built the first 
brick manufacturing plant, which he operated 
for a number of years, and which was destroy- 
ed by fire, February 4, 1881, later he returned 
to the lumber trade. August 14, 1862, he en- 
listed in Company I, One Hundred and Forty- 
second Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer In- 
fantry, ranking as first sergeant. He was 
honorably discharged, January 6, 1863, on ac- 
count of disability. His name appears on the 
war records, at Washington, as Abram S. 
Prather. He is a charter member of James M. 
Brown Post, No. 285, Grand Army of the Re- 
public, and was elected the first commander 
of the post, after its organization in 1882. He 
was made a Mason in Shepherd Lodge, Free 
and Accepted Masons, at Titusville, Pennsyl- 
vania, in 1866, but, on removing to Jamestown, 
became a member of Mt. Moriah Lodge, No. 
145, of that city. He is also a member of 
Western Chapter, No. 67, Royal Arch Masons ; 
Jamestown Council, and Rose Croix Com- 
mandery. No. 38, of Titusville. He belongs to 
L'nion Grange, Patrons of Husbandry. He is 

t^«7MK« Jfl. Ste^eit 



Richardson (one of the joint patentees of West 
Farms), became possessed of a great portion 
of the "Great Planting Neck/' 

(VII-VIII) Another son of John Leggett 
(i), and a brother of Gabriel, of West Farms, 
settled in Columbia county, New York, in the 
town of Ghent, and was the father of John 
Leggett (3), of Ghent, born about 1695, died 
1772; married, 1722, Bata or Batha De La 
Mater, daughter of Jacobus and Gertrude Ys- 
selteyn De La Mater, of Claverack. Jacobus 
De La Mater was a trustee of Kingston, New 
York, and a firm supporter of the church there 
for some years, until he settled in Marbleton, 
upon land (two hundred and ninety-six acres) 
bought in 1715, where he died in 1741. Jacobus 
was the youngest son of Claude Le Maitre (as 
his autograph is written), ancestor of the entire 
Delamater family in this country. He was a 
Huguenot exiled from his home, in Richebourg, 
Artois, France, and, while living in Amster- 
dam, Holland, married Hester Du Bois, who 
was his second wife, and also of a French 
refugee family. Claude spent some of his first 
years, in America, at Flatbush, Long Island, 
working at his trade of carpenter. He then 
settled in Harlem, where he served four terms 
as magistrate. In 1675 he was chosen deacon. 
He died about 1683, aged seventy years. Chil- 
dren of John L^gett (3), of Ghent, and 
Bata ( De La Mater) Leggett ; John, born 1723 ; 
Jacobus, born 1726; Tobias. 

(IX) Jacobus (James) Leggett, son of John, 
of Ghent, was born 1726; married, November 
4, 1769, Catherine Reyes. The oldest Leggett 
homestead, in West Ghent, Columbia county, 
was built of brick, in 1750, by John Leggett, 
father of Jacobus. The date and the initials of 
the members of the family are in brick, over 
the door and windows. The second home- 
stead, built of stone, was built before 1772, 
probably also by John Leggett (i), as in his 
will, written in 1772, he refers to "the other 
farms." The stone house was occupied by 
James Leggett, and the succeeding two genera- 
tions were born there. The third homestead 
was a frame dwelling, standing in the post 
road. These homes are all standing in the 
western part of the town of Ghent, Columbia 
county, about two miles from the Stratsville 
station, on the Albany Southern railroad. Chil- 
dren of Jacobus and Catherine Leggett: John, 
born December 23, 1770; then four daughters, 
and Jacobus, born October 11, 1785; John, 
married Mary Van Alstyne, February 22, 1795, 

children: James, then three daughters, and 
William, who married Emily A. Sargent, and 
had four daughters; Charles F., and William 
James, who married, 1776, Mary E. Parsell. 

(X) Jacobus (2), son of Jacobus and Cath- 
erine (Reyes or Reyer) Leggett, was »born 
October 11, 1785; married, i&)5, Fitje Kittle, 
daughter of John J., or Andrew Kittle, of 
Ghent. The Kittles were prominent in the 
early settlement of Ghent, and held the im- 
portant offices of supervisor, town clerk and 
justice of the peace. Children: Catherine, born 
October 28, 1807 ; John, March 27, 1810 ; James, 
February 22, 1812; Henry K., of whom fur- 
ther; Margaret, born September 10, 1816; John 
Tobias, April 17, 1822; Christina, June 6, 1825 ; 
Andre Kittle, July 18, 1828. 

(XI) Henry Kittle, son of James (2) (Ja- 
cobus) and Fitje (Kittle) Leggett, was born 
in the Leggett stone homestead, town of Ghent, 
Columbia county, New York, October 31, 1814 ; 
died in Kalamazoo county, Michigan, March 
9, 1884. He received a good education, and 
was, for several years, engaged in teaching at 
Hudson, New York, and in Wayne county. 
New York, removing to the latter county in 
youthful manhood. He located in the town 
of Arcadia, where he taught for a time, until 
his marriage in 1838, when he purchased a 
farm and followed agricultiffe until 1854. In 
the latter year he disposed of his Wayne county 
property and went west, settling in St. Joseph 
county, Michigan, later removing to Branch 
county, same state, finally settling in Wakeshma 
township, Kalamazoo county, where he pur- 
chased and cultivated a good farm until his 
death, in 1884. He was a man of more than 
ordinary mental ability, well read, and thor- 
oughly informed on the leading public ques- 
tions of his day. He was a Democrat in poli- 
tics, and, in early life, a member of the Pres- 
byterian church, but, after removing to Michi- 
gan, attended the Reformed church, there being 
no church of his own denomination in the 
neighborhood. He married, May, 1838, Cor- 
nelia, daughter of Martin Fredenburgh, of 
Wayne, but formerly of Columbia county. New 
York. She died March 21, 1890, aged sixty- 
nine years. Children, both born in Arcadia, 
Wayne county, New York: i. Martin T., born 
August 21, 1843, ^icd August II, 1884; he 
married Harriet Gardner, November 15, 1876; 
no issue. 2. Harriet S., of further mention. 

(XII) Harriet S., only daughter of Henry 
Kittle and Cornelia (Fredenburgh) Leggett, 



was bom in the town of Arcadia, Wayne coun- 
ty, New York, November 5, 1846. She mar- 
ried, in St. Joseph county, Michigan, Decem- 
ber 19, 1863, Major Tower S. Benham, a vet- 
eran officer of the civil war (see Benham). 

This branch of the Johnson 
JOHNSON family of Jamestown, New 

York, descends from Swedish 
ancestors and is of recent settlement in the 
United States. 

Oscar Franz Johnson was bom in Odeshog, 
Ostergollands, Sweden, August 10, 1854. He 
was well educated in the schools of his prov- 
ince, and, until 1873, was engaged in farming 
with his father. On May 5, of that year, in 
company with his brother Charles A., he sail- 
ed for the United States, landing at New York, 
June 17, coming in the steamship "City of 
Bristol." He continued his journey to James- 
town, New York, where he arrived June 19, 
1873. ^^ obtained a position on a farm at 
Levant, and, the following winter, worked in 
the lumber woods. In the spring of 1874 he 
hired with Joseph Linquist, and, in 1875, with 
David Allen, of Falconer, with whom he re- 
mained until 1877. I" th^it year he received an 
urgent call from his father, stating he needed 
his services on the home farm. He returned 
to Sweden at once, remaining until the sale of 
the homestead, and the removal of his parents 
to a home in the county seat! In the spring of 
1878 he returned to the United States, on the 
steamship "Britannia," of the W^hite Star line, 
arriving in New York in May, and at once 
proceeded to Jamestown. He worked, for a 
few months, for the Jamestown Ice Company, 
then became coachman for Judge Cook, of 
Jamestown, remaining with him until 1881. 
In that year, in company with his brothers, 
Charles A. and Herman A., he purchased the 
Jamfestown Ice Company, and consolidated it 
with the Clifton Ice Company, forming the 
Johnson Ice Company. The business pros- 
pered, and, in 1886, the brothers erected the 
company's present plant, at the "landing," in- 
cluding a large ice storage plant at Fluvanna. 
About 1892 Herman A. Johnson sold his inter- 
est to John W. Johnson, and the business was 
conducted until 1899. Later Oscar F. and 
Charles A. Johnson purchased all the holdings 
of the other partners and became sole owners, 
operating until 1901, when they sold to the 
present Johnson Ice Company, but retained a 

stock-holding interest in the new company. 
Oscar F. was chosen vice-president and super- 
intendent, holding those offices until 1905, and 
since then he has been vice-president. On Feb- 
ruary I, 1906, he purchased a one-half inter- 
est in the firm of Anderson & Ohlquist, cloth- 
iers, hatters and gentleman's furnishers, the 
firm then becoming Ohlquist & Johnson. 

Mr. Johnson has also acquired other import- 
ant business connections. He is a stockholder 
and a director of the Crown Metal Construc- 
tion Company; the Bell Oil & Gas Company, 
of Warren, Pennsylvania; was an original 
stockholder of the Bank of Jamestown; vice- 
president and director of Cortland Publishing 
Company, and, in 1896, built the "John Block," 
a three-story brick structure. He owns other 
city property, including his present residence 
at 711 West Eighth street. He is an excellent 
man of business and sustains a high reputation 
in his city. He belongs to Mt. Moriah Lodge, 
No. 145, Free and Accepted Masons ; Western 
Sun Chapter, Royal Arch Masons ; Jamestown 
Commandery, Knights Templar; the Knights 
of Pythias, and the Benevolent and Protective 
Order of Elks. He is a Republican, and, in 
earlier days was active in political life. He 
served as assessor and was a delegate to the 
national convention that nominated William 
B. McKinley for President. He is a member 
of the First Lutheran Church, and, for fifteen 
years, was trustee. He now serves as director 
on the board governing the Swedish Orphan- 
age, of Jamestown. 

He married, October 17, 1882, at James- 
town, Augusta Nyquist, born in Sweden, Oc- 
tober 11, 1852, daughter of John Nyquist. Chil- 
dren : I. A daughter, died in infancy. 2. Qay- 
ton Oscar, born October 7, 1886; graduate of 
Jamestown high school, class of 1902; took 
post-graduate course, 1905 ; entered Michigan 
University, whence he was graduated, electrical 
engineer, June 24, 1909; now connected with 
the electrical department of the Crown Metal 
Construction Company ; member of lodge and 
chapter of the Masonic fraternity, and of the 
Lutheran church. 

This family originally were na- 
SIMON tives of France, but, in 1690, fled 

from their native land, on account 
of religious and political persecutions, and set- 
tled in Germany, at Heidelberg. In their adopt- 
ed land they were usually tanners, and of good 



standing in their communities. The grand- 
father of Philip Frederick Simon, of James- 
town, New York, was John Philip Simon, a 
tanner. He married and had issue. 

(II) John Frederick, son of John Philip 
Simon, was born in Heidelberg, Germany, 
where he died in 1902, aged seventy-five years. 
He owned and operated two large tanneries at 
Heidelberg, and was a man of considerable 
prominence. He married Matilda Frank, who 
died ih 1887, aged fifty-six or fifty-seven years. 
Children: i. Philip F., of whom further. 2. 
Emma, married Carl Schaff, and resides in 
Aschaffenberg, Germany, where her husband 
is in the employ of the government, as civil 
engineer. Children : Leonore and Richard. 3. 
Matilda, married Clemens Gehrenbeck, and re- 
sides at Halle, Germany ; child, Gertrude. 

(III) Philip Frederick, only son of John 
Frederick Simon, was born in Heidelberg, Ger- 
many, March 20, 1854. He was educated in 
the schools of Heidelberg, finishing his studies 
in Switzerland. After leaving school he work- 
ed with his father two years in the tanneries, 
then served the required years in the German 
army. He engaged in office and clerical work 
for two and one-half years, then spent two 
years in office work at Antwerp, Belgium. In 
1876 he came to the United States, locating at 
Buffalo, New York, remaining four months, 
going thence to Sheffield, Pennsylvania, later 
to Pittsburgh, and other western cities, finally, 
in 1877, returning to Germany. In 1881 he 
again came to the United States, locating at 
Buffalo, where, for six years, he was book- 
keeper for a Buffalo brewing company. About 
1887 he moved to Eldred, Pennsylvania, where 
he engaged in the bottling business, continuing 
until 1895. In that year he came to James- 
town, New York, and purchased the plant of 
the Milwaukee Bottling Company, and later 
became president of the Jamestown Brewing 
Company, a position he now fills. He is a 
director of the National Chautauqua County 
Bank ; member of lodge, council, chapter, com- 
mandery, shrine and consistory of York and 
Scottish Rite Masonry, and of the Benevolent 
and Protective Order of Elks. His club is the 

He married, in 1878, in the city of Speyer, 
Germany, Babette Faust, daughter of Franz 
and Adele (Griiner) Faust. Children: Hed- 
wig; Emma, married Frederick Hemphill, of 
Jamestown, children: Babette and Philip. 

Colonel Henry Baker, progenitor 
BAKER of the Bakers of Jamestown, New 

York, herein recorded, was born 
in Rensselaer county. New York, in 1779, died 
July 31, i860, and is buried in Lsikeview ceme- 
tery, at Jamestown. In 1814 he enlisted in the 
American army, as a fifer, serving until the 
war closed. In 18 17 he located at Fluvanna, 
in the town of EUicott, Chautauqua county, 
New York. His whole fortune, at that time, 
consisted of fifty cents in money and his land 
warrant for war services. This land was 
located in Illinois, then considered too far dis- 
tant to be of much value, and he sold it to Dr. 
Foote for ten dollars, taking his pay in plug 
tobacco at one dollar a pound. Before the war 
he had learned the trade of shoemaker, and, 
on coming to Fluvanna, built a small shop, and 
for some years, carried on his trade. He soon 
became engaged in lumbering and regularly 
turned the proceeds of his shoe shop into saw 
logs, which he sold at the sawmill. In 1820 he 
removed to Jamestown, where he carried on 
the shoemaking business for several years, em- 
ploying journeymen shoemakers to do the 
work in the shop, while he employed his time 
in buying logs or performing the duties of 
constable, to which office he was several times 
reelected. In the fall of 1823, in company with 
R. F. Fenton, he rented the Ballard Tavern, 
but, after eighteen months, retired. In 1825 
he entered into partnership with Alvin Plum, 
purchased lands and a water power at the 
mouth of the Cassadauga, where they built a 
sawmill. The next year he sold it to Mr. Plum 
and purchased an interest in the store of Bar- 
ret & Budlong, continuing in business until 
1837. In 1836 he was one of a company which 
purchased the property of Judge Prendergast, 
at Jamestown consisting of the immense water 
power, sawmills, gristmills, one thousand acres 
of land on the south side of the outlet, five or 
six hundred acres on the north side, and numer- 
ous lots scattered throughout the village. In 
1847 ^^ purchased his partner's interest and 
became sole owner of the property. In 1846 
he engraged in mercantile business with Rufus 
W. Pier, continuing until 1849. ^^r many 
years before his death he was the owner of 
six hundred acres of land, lyingr south of the 
outlet, and, in 1850, having built a large and 
commodious residence, houses for his help and 
several large barns, he removed thither and 
devoted his time thereafter largely to farming. 



He made additional purchases, from time to 
time, until he was surrounded with over 
eighteen hundred acres of highly cultivated 
land. He was always an ardent politician, a 
member of the Whig and later of the Repub- 
lican party. He was a fluent speaker, influ- 
ential in the county, and, for many years, super- 
visor of the town of EUicott. 

When a regiment of militia was formed R. 
F. Fenton was the first colonel, Mr. Baker 
succeeding him in 1824. He was an ardent 
Union man, and, with his consent, three of his 
sons volunteered for their country's defence. 
During the darkest hours of the civil war 
efforts were being made to raise still another 
regiment in Chautauqua county. During a 
meeting, held in Jamestown, Colonel Baker 
came in and took his seat on the platform. In 
response to repeated calls he said: 

I know we are called upon to make sacrifices, but, 
thank God, we have a country worthy of them. I 
was willing that my two oldest boys should go when 
their country called, but I did not want Charley to 
go. He was too young to endure the fatigue, and I 
told him so. But he said to me : "Father, you know 

rou enlisted in the war of 1812, when no older than 
am now. I want to go and help save the country in 
this awful time of trouble, and I want your consent." 
My friends, what could I do? Oh, there was but 
one thing to do, and I said to him : "Go, Charley, go, 
and, if wounded, don't let it be in your back. If you 
will be a soldier, I would rather see you dead than a 
poor soldier." I have just received the intelligence, 
so long after the last battle on the James river, that 
Jim was wounded, at Malvern, and taken prisoner, 
and has had a leg off at the hip, and Charley is in 
the hospital, sick with that dreadful Chickahominy 
fever, and the last I heard of Dick his company was 
serving the artillery at Yorktown. God only knows 
whether I shall ever see them again. I do not expect 
to see all of them. I do hope that at least one of 
them will come home. (He stopped for a moment 
and gazed at the American flag suspended over the 
platform, and, with tears streaming down his hag- 
gard face, he continued). My family is dear to me. 
It makes me faint to think of losing my boys. But 
I love my country. I almost worship that blessed old 
flag. There must never be another flag in any part 
of these United States, as long as a man remains in 
the north to defend its stars and stripes. Raise your 
regiment, and that quickly. The country needs the 
men. I have no more sons to give, but I will give 
more money, and keep on giving as long as I have 
a cent left, and if I had three more sons, old enough 
to bear a musket, I would give them, too. We must 
save that flag. 

The old patriot was spared to see all three 
of his sons once more, although they all died 
later as the result of their army privations. 
He died July 31, 1863. 

Colonef Baker married (first), in the fall of 
1822, Anna Keyes, who died the following 
May. On August 3, 1828, he married (sec- 
ond), Maria, daughter of Cyrus Fish, one of 
the earliest settlers of Chautauqua county. She 
was born in Otsego county, in 1804, died No- 
vember 19, 1893. Her paternal grandfather 
was with Putnam in the French and Indian 
war, in 1756. Her mother, when a young girl 
in Massachusetts, heard the cry "The British 
are out,'* and caught the horses, while her 
father and brother molded bullets before hast- 
ening to the field at Lexington. Her father 
was lieutenant in the Connecticut line during 
the revolution, and her husband was fifer tK>y 
in 18 12, and colonel in 1842. On the first call, 
in 1 861, her three sons enlisted, the youngest 
a mere lad. Learning that one of them was 
down with the fever and another severely 
wounded, she hastened to Philadelphia, where 
she was obliged to accept a position as army 
nurse, in order to care for her son. She died 
in her ninetieth year, her last words being. 
"Tm tired, I must rest a little." They were the 
parents of ten children and two others adopt- 
ed: I. Anna, married Michael W. Hutton. 
born in Glasgow, Scotland. 2. Richard H., of 
further mention. 3. James, bom in James- 
town, 1840; enlisted in company B, Seventy- 
second Regiment, New York Volunteer In- 
fantry, and, at the battle of Malvern Hill, was 
severely wounded, causing the loss of a leg 
and leaving him an invalid for life. He was a 
member of the Grand Army of the Republic, 
and was buried with military honors, according 
to the ritual of that organization. He was un- 
married. 4. Grace, married William Breeden^ 
and removed to New Mexico. 5. Augustus. 
6. Scott. 7. Charles S., born in Jamestown, in 
1844, died 1895, aged fifty-one years six months 
and seven days. When eighteen years of age 
he enlisted in Company B, Seventy-second 
Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry, 
which left Jamestown, in May, 1861. After 
a year and a half of service he contracted a 
fever which ended his military career. When 
twenty years of age he met with an accident 
which deprived him forever of his sight, and 
caused other serious injuries. He was a mem- 
ber of the Grand Army of the Republic, the 
First Presbyterian Church, of Jamestown, and 
a Republican. He married (first), in 1864. 
Eva Jones, who died within a year. He mar- 
ried (second), in 1866, Katherine HeflFerren. 





bom at Troy, New York, June 13, 1849, died 
1906. They had six children, two of whom 
died in infancy, those remaining are: Henry 
T., educated in the United States Naval Acad- 
emy, at Annapolis ; Lucy F., educated at Mount 
Holyoke; Scott E., married E. Blanche Fisher ; 
Sidney S. 

(II) Richard Henry, eldest son of Colonel 
Henry and Maria (Fish) Baker, was born 
May 20, 1832, died September 25, 1880, on 
the train between Cincinnati, Ohio, and James- 
town, New York, while returning from Colo- 
rado, where he had gone for the benefit of his 
health. He was reared and educated on the 
old family farm, in Chautauqua county, New 
York, where he lived until entering the army. 
He enlisted in the Ninth Regiment, New York 
Cavalry, serving as first lieutenant one year. 
At the close of the war he returned to James- 
town, where his after life was passed. He was 
a man of great natural ability; a fine student 
during his school years, with a mind clear and 
capable of comprehending and using knowl- 
edge, which could benefit his neighbors and 
friends. He was public-spirited and active in 
town aflFairs. He served several terms as trus- 
tee of the village corporation, and, the year 
preceding his death, was president of the vil- 
lage. He was active in the volunteer fire de- 
partment, was foreman of Rescue Engine Com- 
pany and filled the office of assistant chief engi- 
neer of the department. He was a member of 
the Presbyterian church, and a Republican in 
politics. He married, at Jamestown, Decem- 
ber 14, 1854, Mary L. Winsor, bom in that 
city, October 20, 1835. Children: i. William 
Henry, born September 4, 1856, died Septem- 
ber 30, 1874. 2. Lewis Hall, bom July 24, 
1858 ; married Ada Hall ; children : Robert and 
Kenneth ; resides in Jamestown, New York. 
3. Charles Hugh, bom December 28, i860, 
died November 11, 1882. 4. Samuel Winsor, 
bom June 7, 1864; married, June 18, 1890, 
Grace Ella, daughter of Dr. James T. Ed- 
wards; children: Richard Edward, bom Sep- 
tember 6, 1892; Dorothy, February 4, 1896; 
James, November, 1905. Mr. Baker is secre- 
tary of the American Axe & Tool Company, 
and resides at McKeesport, Pennsylvania: 5. 
Frederick James, born August 26, 1871 ; mar- 
ried, September 9, 1902, Elizabeth Marie Cady, 
of Jamestown. Mr. Baker resides at McKees- 
port, Pennsylvania. He is in charge of the 
Southern Jobbing Company of the American 
Axe & Tool Company. 

(The Winsor Line). 

(I) Mary L. (Winsor) Baker is a grand- 
daughter of Abraham and Sophia (Bigelow) 
Winsor, who settled in the town of Eaton, 
Madison county, liJew York, prior to the year 
1805. ^^ i8to Abraham Winsor removed to 
the Holland Purchase, locating in Gerry, now 
Sinclairville, named in honor of Major Sin- 
clair, brother-in-law of Abraham Winsor. Here 
he built an ashery and engaged in the manu- 
facture of pearl and potash, marketing his pro- 
duct in Pittsburgh, which city he reached by 
boat. In 1820 he removed to Dexterville, 
where he engaged in lumbering. He lived in a 
log house, but soon purchased a tract of land 
on which, after clearing away the heavy tim- 
ber, he erected what at that time was one of 
the best houses in the village. There he resided 
until his removal to Jamestown, New York, 
where he died. 

(H) Samuel Bigelow, son of Abraham and 
Sophia (Bigelow) Winsor, was born in the 
town of Eaton, Madison county,* New York, 
September 29, 1805, died in Jkmestown, New 
York, July 7, 1888. He worked with his 
father until 1825, when he went to Kiantone 
to work as a carpenter on the new house being 
built by William Sears, his future father-in- 
law, where he became acquainted with his wife, 
then a child of twelve years. He remained in 
Kiantone the next winter, attending the district 
school, boarding with Mr. Sears. The follow- 
ing spring he retumed to Jamestown, where, 
for several years, he worked at his trade. In 
1830 he was converted and joined the Meth- 
odist Episcopal church, of Jamestown, remain- 
ing a faithful member of that communion until 
his death. He married, August 25, 1831, at 
Jamestown, Anna Sears, born at Kiantone, 
Chautauqua county, New York, August 29, 
181 5, died June, 1892, daughter of William 
Sears, born at Dover, Vermont, February 29, 
1788, died at Kiantone, New York, August 10, 
1827. He married, at Dover, Vermont, Rhoda 
Cheney, born in Dover, April 21, 1787. In 
181 1 they removed to New York state, with all 
their household goods loaded upon a sled, 
which, drawn by a yoke of oxen, traversed 
five hundred miles of wilderness in twenty- 
nine days, finally reaching Chautauqua county, 
where they settled. The country then was 
wild and their home was the hunting ground 
of the Seneca Indians, who were numerous in 
the section. Mr. Sears became prominent in 
the town, serving as highway commissioner, 



and owning considerable land. The church, at 
Kiantone, is built on land donated by his 
widow, Rhoda (Cheney) Sears. William Sears 
was a son of Ebenezer Sears, who enlisted at 
Yarmouth, Massachusetts, and served in the 
war of the revolution. His application for a 
pension was granted, at which time he was 
seventy-seven years old, as stated in his appli- 
cation, made August i6, 1832. Children of 
Samuel B. and Anna (Sears) Winsor: i. Will- 
iam S., born September 6, 1832, of Port Offord, 
Oregon. 2. Mary L., of further mention. 3. 
Ruby C, born May 16, 1834; married Hiram 
Hazzard. 4. Henrietta Maria, born December 
15, 1837; married, July 7, 1862, Captain Sam- 
uel J. Bailey, a veteran officer of the civil war, 
commanding Company I, Seventy-second Regi- 
ment, New York Volunteer Infantry. She 
died January 22, 1878. 5. Angeline Brooks, 
born August 8, 184:^. 6. Woodley Chandler, 
born June 6, 1845, of Olean, New York. After 
their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Winsor resided 
in Jamestown, where, on August 25, i88t, they 
celebrated the golden anniversary of their wed- 
ding, and received the hearty congratulations 
of their many relatives and friends. Colonel 
Winsor was a resident of Jamestown sixty- 
six years. He was colonel of the old One Hun- 
dred and Sixty-second Regiment, New York 
National Guard, when it was one of the famous 
regiments of the state. She jqined the Meth- 
odist church, at Jamestown, the year after her 
husband, and, with him, constituted an im- 
portant part of the early congregation. 

(HI) Mary, second daughter and third child 
of Colonel Samuel Bigelow and Anna (Sears) 
Winsor, was born in Jamestown, October 20, 
1835. She married, in Jamestown, December 
14, 1854, Richard Henry Baker, whom she sur- 
vives. She is a member of the Presbyterian 
church, of Jamestown, and a charter member 
of Jamestown Chapter, Daughters of the Amer- 
ican Revolution. She gains admission to this 
patriotic order by right of the military service 
of her maternal ancestor, Ebenezer Sears, her 
great-grandfather. She also joins by right of 
the soldier of the revolution and of the war 
of 1812, Ebenezer Cheney, father of Rhoda 
Cheney, wife of William Sears, father of 
Anna Sears, wife of Samuel Bigelow Winsor, 
father of Mary L. (Winsor) Baker. Mrs. 
Baker continues her residence in Jamestown, 
where she is held in the highest esteem. She is 
very much interested in historical matters and 
keeps thoroughly posted on all current topics 

of the day. She comes of patriotic ancestry, 
and, by marriage, allies with another family 
who have served their country well in time 
of stress and danger. 

The Frank family of Chautauqua 
FRANK county. New York, descends from 
one of the old German families 
of Pennsylvania, although this branch of the 
family early settled in New York state. The 
progenitor came from Germany and was a 
true type of the thrifty German emigrant. 

Henry Frank and his brother Christopher 
came from Germany together, landed at Phila- 
delphia, Pennsylvania, settled near that city 
and remained seated there for a number of 
years. This was about 1740. They were well- 
to-do farmers, and, prior to the revolution, re- 
moved to New York state, settling in the Mo- 
hawk valley, at Frankfort, Herkimer county, 
on the banks of the Mohawk river. There 
may have been others of the name earlier set- 
tled there, which accounts for the name Frank- 
fort. Henry Frank married and had sons 
Henry, Lawrence and Jacob, all of whom 
served in the revolutionary war, Henry and 
Jacob being killed. His daughters were Eve 
and Mary, twins, and Margaret. Eve married 
John Frank, a kinsman. Mary married a Mr. 
Myers, and had a son John, an early settler of 
the town of Carroll. During the French and 
Indian war the wife of Henry Frank was cap- 
tured by the Indians with her children, and 
carried away captive to Canada. The twin 
sisters were then ten years of age. Eve was 
kept in captivity three years, Mary a year 
longer. At the time of the capture Mrs. 
Frank had a son Lawrence, eighteen months 
old, whom she was obliged to carry and march 
as rapidly as the remainder of the party or 
have the baby killed. Whether the family 
were ever reunited does not appear, only the 
facts of the return of the twins being given. 
John Frank, of another family, was captured 
at the same time. Later he was a soldier of 
the revolution and again captured, but escaped. 
(II) Lawrence, son of Henry Frank, was 
born in Frankfort, Herkimer county. New 
York, October, 1749. He was carried away 
by the Indians when an infant, as stated, later 
was returned. He was a farmer. He served 
in the revolutionary war. In 1777 he was cap- 
tured by the Indians and Tories, and carried 
to Quebec, where he was held prisoner three 
years and three months. He then returned to 



Herkimer county, later settling in the town of 
Busti, Chautauqua county, New York, where 
he died April 13, 1813. He married, in Frank- 
fort, New York, Mary Myers, born in Ger- 
many, in 1753, came, when young, to America 
with her parents. She died in Chautauqua 
county, New York, December, 1831. Children: 
Lawrence (2), died in Herkimer county; Mar- 
garet, married a kinsman, Stephen Frank, and 
died in Ohio; Elizabeth; Peter, died in Ohio; 
Henry L., married Margaret Damon, and re- 
moved to Kirkland county, Ohio, where both 
died ; John L., of further mention ; Michael ; 
Joseph, born October 2, 1796; Matthew, De- 
cember 22, 1798. 

(HI) John L., son of Lawrence and Mary 
(Myers) Frank, was born in Frankfort, Herki- 
mer county, New York, November 29, 1786, 
died at Busti Corners, July 4, 1875. He was 
reared a farmer, and, in 181 1, just one century 
ago, removed to Chautauqua county, where 
he settled in the town of Busti, lot 62, town- 
ship I, range 11, later removed to lot 6, range 
12, same township. He was a man much re- 
spected by the entire community. He was a 
devout Christian and an earnest worker in the 
church. He was one of the fourteen original 
members of the First Baptist Church, estab- 
lished in Busti) and was always active and 
prominent in its affairs. His old family Bible, 
published in 1810, now owned by his grandson, 
Warren A. Frank, has the family records writ- 
ten by himself, with the old style goose quill 
pen. He married Lucretia Chapman, born 
March 25, 1791, died March 14, 1874. Four 
of their children died in infancy; the others 
are: i. Michael C, bom October 24, 1808; 
married Sally Sherwin; children: John S., 
Harriet E., Mary J., Matthew, Alice, Electa 
and Adelaide. 2. Almira, born July 18, 1810; 
married Ransom Burroughs; both deceased. 
3. Charles, of further mention. 4. Alonzo, 
born September 6, 181 5 ; married Jane Woodin, 
and resides at Blockville, New York; chil- 
dren: Lavant, Harriet M., Jane and Ophelia. 
5. Mary Jane, bom April 22, 1819; married 
Jacob Chambers, and resides at Pine Grove, 
Pennsylvania. 6. Harriet M., born June i, 
1 821, deceased; married Denison Palmer. 7. 
Lx)renzo, born October 6, 1823; married Me- 
lissa Barnes ; children : West, Sidney and Clare. 
8. Davis, married (first) Alvira Brown, (sec- 
ond) Elizabeth Brown; children: Theodore, 
George, Dwight, Laverne, Duane, De Etta and 
Elarl. 9. Marietta, born December 13, 1830; 

married Samuel Smith ; children : Levant and 
Frank. 10. Ariel, married Margaret Stewart ; 
children : Emmet and Frederick. 

(IV) Charles, third child of John L. and 
Lucretia (Chapman) Frank, was bom in the 
town of Busti, Chautauqua county. New York, 
July 22, 1812, died in the same town, December 
24, 1878. He was the first white child known to 
have been born in the town. He was educated 
in the district schools and at Jamestown, New 
York. His early life was spent on the farm, 
later he learned the shoemaker's trade, at 
which he worked in both Jamestown and Busti. 
He owned a good farm of forty acres, on which 
he resided, Busti always being his home. He 
took an active part in town politics, always 
voting the Democratic ticket until 1856, when 
he joined with the Republican party. He held 
many of the local offices, and, in 1858, was 
elected justice of the peace, holding that office 
until his death. He was an active member of 
the Methodist Episcopal church, serving as 
steward and class leader. His integrity was 
unquestioned and no man stood higher in pub- 
lic esteem and confidence. He was always 
interested in local and family history and gave 
much valuable assistance in compiling "Young's 
History of Chautauqua County," in 1875. In 
genealogical matters he was exceedingly well 
informed and preserved for posterity, not only 
the records of his own family but those of 
many others. 

He married, October 24, 1833, Mary Woodin, 
born in Chautauqua county, in 181 5, daughter 
of Jeremiah Woodin, of Busti, a soldier and 
pensioner of the war of 1812. Mary (Woodin) 
Frank was a devout Christian and an active 
worker in the Methodist Episcopal church. 
She survived her husband and died at the 
home of her son, George D., at Elizabethtown, 
Kentucky, where she is buried. Children: i. 
Warren Alonzo, of further mention. 2. George 
Dallas, born in Busti, New York, January 5, 
1844; farmer of Busti for many years, going 
south about 1882, where he is now engaged in 
fruit farming at Elizabethtown, Kentucky; he 
is an active member of the Methodist Epis- 
copal church, and a Republican ; he married 
Bella Moore; no issue. 3. John J., of further 

(V) Warren Alonzo, eldest son of Charles 
and Mary (Woodin) Frank, was bom in Busti, 
Chautauqua county, New York, November 30, 
1840. He was educated in the public schools 
of Busti and at Jamestown Academy. He 



began life as a general farmer, but later, with 
his two brothers, purchased a beautiful farm 
bordering on Lake Chautauqua, where he spe- 
cialized in fruit growing. The Frank Fruit 
Farm of one hundred and forty-six acres be- 
came famous in the county, its products annual- 
ly carrying off the highest premiums in their 
class, wherever exhibited. Warren A. Frank 
later purchased his brothers' interests and 
operated the farm himself, until a decade ago, 
when he practically retired from active life. 
He is an expert in bee culture, having had at 
times one hundred hives. At the Pan-Amer- 
ican Exposition, in Buffalo, he was in charge 
of the department devoted to bees and honey. 
In politics he is a Republican and often chosen 
ilelegate to state conventions. He sat in the 
Chautauqua county delegation at the conven- 
tions that nominated Governors Fassett and 
Higgins. He represented Busti, for two terms, 
in the Qiautauqua county board of supervisors, 
and was a worker for the interests of his town. 
He is a member of the Union Grange, Patrons 
of Husbandry, and of Chautauqua Tribe, Im- 
proved Order of Red Men, of Columbus, Penn- 
sylvania. Like his father he takes a deep inter- 
est in historical matters and in the preserva- 
tion of genealogical data. 

He married, October 25, 1870, Melissa Mar- . 
tin, born in Busti, New York, July 22, 1842, 
died November 22, 1884, daughter of Lorenzo 
and Mercy (Jenkins) Martin. She was a 
devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal 
church and a woman of energy and usefulness. 
Children: i. Myrtle M., born in Busti, Septem- 
ber 21, 1874; married, August 30, 1894, Harry 
Root, now engaged in the express and dairy 
business in Jamestown, but resides in Busti ; 
children: Bessie M., born June 23, 1898; Roy, 
February 4, 1905. 2. Bertha D., married Rob- 
ert W. Nobbs, now of Erie, Pennsylvania, 
where Mr. Nobbs is engaged with the Amer- 
ican Express Company ; child, Howard Frank 
Nobbs, born March 30, 191 1. 

(V) John Jerry, youngest son of Charles 
and Mary (Woodin) Frank, was born in Busti, 
Chautauqua county. New York, June 21, 1848. 
He was educated in the public schools of Busti 
and at Jamestown Academy. He grew up on 
the farm, and, in association with his two 
brothers, operated the Frank Fruit Farm, on 
Lake Chautauqua, and carried on a general 
business, under the firm name "Frank Broth- 
ers." They were in successful business for a 
term of eighteen years and built up more than 

a local reputation for the excellence of their 
products. In 1800 John J. Frank sold his 
interest to his brother, Warren Alonzo, and 
removed to Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he 
engaged in the real estate and general insur- 
ance business for seven years. In 1888 he 
returned to Busti. engaged in farming for a 
year, then located in Jamestown, which has 
since been his home and place of business. 
His offices, in the Hall Block, are devoted to 
the detail of his extensive real estate business, 
as he specializes in residence properties and 
has been very successful. He is a public- 
spirited man and has done much for the im- 
provement of his city. He was a prime mover 
in the establishment of the Jamestown Public 
Market, which was first opened for business, 
November 30, 1910. This enterprise met with 
strong opposition, but the results have shown 
it to have been a wise and needed improve- 
ment. Mr. Frank is president of the James- 
town Real Estate Association and chairman 
of the market committee. He, at one time, 
was sole owner of the Jamestown Razor Com- 
pany^ but has sold this property. He is also 
at the head of the Beechwood business board. 
He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal 
church, of Jamestown, as was his wife. His 
home is at No. in East Second street, his 
summer residence at Beechwood. He is fond 
of outdoor sports and has a local reputation 
as an expert disciple of Isaac Walton. 

He married (first), in Chattanooga, Tennes- 
see, June 4, 1883, Emma, daughter of Isaac 
and Sarah Roberts. She was an active worker 
in the Methodist Episcopal church and vice- 
president of the Ladies' Aid Society. She died 
May 4, 1907, aged fifty-seven years, and is 
buried in Busti. He married (second), July 
21, 1909, Sarah A., daughter of James and 
Lucinda (Kemp) Solliday, of Greensburg, 
Pennsylvania. She is an active member of 
the First Methodist Episcopal Church and 
president of the Clotho Society. 

The earliest traditions of the 
MOSHER Mosher family locate them in 

Alsace. France, about the year 
1580. Their home was in the southern part 
of the province, near Strassburg. The name 
is compounded of two German words Mos and 
Herr, which when combined means Mosslord 
or "Lord of the Moss.'* This may be taken 
to imply that the founder of the family name 
was a man of prominence, and had his resi- 



dence on a mossy mound or hill. After Alsace 
was annexed to France^ both the German and 
French languages were in use. The French 
spelled the name Mosier or Motier. In Eng- 
land the German method of spelling the name 
prevailed, Mosher. In religion the family were 
Protestants, and, with many others, fled to 
England^o escape persecution. It is supposed 
they went to England under the leadership of 
Hugh Mosher, prior to the year 1600. They 
located in Manchester, Chester and London. 
The Manchester records show that five Mosh- 
er brothers were engaged in business in that 
city in 1616, partners and silk weavers. They 
were: William, John, Thomas, Stephen and 
George. The American ancestor, Ensign Hugh, 
was a son of Stephen Mosher. 

(II) Ensign Hugh Mosher, son of Stephen 
Mosher, of Manchester, England, sailed for 
America and reached Boston in 1636. Another 
Hugh Mosher, son of Thomas Mosher, settled 
in Maine. A third Hugh Mosher, son of John 
Mosher, was prominent in the East India Com- 
pany, and died wealthy, without issue. It was 
his fortune that the Moshers of the United 
States tried unsuccessfully to obtain in recent 
years. Hugh, son of Stephen Mosher, first 
settled in Salem, Massachusetts, where he be- 
came a friend of Roger Williams, pastor of the 
Salem church, and was in full sympathy with 
his religious views. When Williams was ban- 
ished from Massachusetts, in October, 1636, 
Mosher went with him to Rhode Island, and 
shared his hardships and sufferings. When 
Williams was in a position to do so he repaid 
the devotion of his friend with the permanent 
title to a fifth part of the township of West- 
erly, Rhode Island. August 4, 1676. In 1669 
Hugh Mosher was appointed ensign of a mili- 
tary company by the general court, and took 
part in King Philip's war, during which war 
two of his sons were killed. In 1674 he was 
ordained pastor of the Baptist church, in Dart- 
mouth, Massachusetts, but was always called 
by his military title, Ensign Hugh Mosher. He 
died in Newport, Rhode Island, 1694. He 
married Lydia Maxon. Children : Hugh, John, 
Nicholas, Joseph, Daniel and James. 

(III) Rev. Hugh (2) Mosher, eldest son 
of Ensign Hugh (i) and Lydia (Maxon) 
Mosher, was born in Providence, Rhode Island, 
in 1633, died 1713. He was a minister of the 
Baptist church, and a man of high standing. 
He married Rebecca, daughter of John and 
Sarah Hemdell. Children: Nicholas, bom 

1666; John, 1668; Joseph, 1670; James, 1675; 
Rebecca, 1677; Daniel, 1678; Mary, 1679. 

(IV) James, son of Rev. Hugh (2) and 
Rebecca (Hemdell) Mosher, was born 1675. 
He removed to New London, Connecticut, 
where he died. He married (first), July 6, 
1704, Catherine Tosh. He married (second). 
May 23, 1714, Mary Duval. Children by 
first wife: Daniel, born October 13, 1705; 
Mary, January i, i;707; James, December 11, 
1709; John, 171 1 ; William, November 9, 1712. 
Children of second wife: John William, of 
further mention ; Timothy, born October 27. 
1716; Jonathan, May 9, 1718; David, March 
29, 1720; Jeremiah, June 16, 1722: James, 
April 24, 1724; Phebe, May 20, 1726. 

(V) John William, son of James and his 
second wife, Mary (Duval) Mosher, was born 
June 4, 1715. He married, at (jroton, Massa- 
chusetts, Elizabeth, born October 15, 1720, 
daughter of Zachariah and Abigail Lawrence. 
Children: i. Mary, born April 11, 1743; mar- 
ried, 1772, William Graham. 2. John (lieu- 
tenant), a daring officer of the revolutionary 
war; married Hannah, daughter of William 
Warren, a lineal descendant of Arthur War- 
ren, one of the early settlers of Weymouth. 3. 
James, born July 31, 1747. 4. Abigail, born 
August 17, 1749; killed at the battle of Bunker 
Hill. 5. David, born August 2, 1752; killed at 
Bunker Hill. 6. Josiah, born May 31, 1757, 
an able and courageous officer of the revolu- 
tion; married Rebecca Doolittle. Josiah and 
John settled in Oneida county. New York, 
after the revolution. 7. Elizabeth, born July 
31, 1760; married Samuel Moody Emerson. 
8. Hannah, born April 5, 1764. 

(VI) A son of John William and Elizabeth 
(Lawrence) Mosher, presumably James, born 
July 31, 1747; served in the revolution, under 
two enlistments, from Pepperell, Massachu- 
setts. He marched, with Captain John Nut- 
ting's company, on the "Lexington Alarm" of 
April 19, 1775 ; served six days ; enlisted again, 
April 25, 1775, as corporal of the same com- 
pany; served three months and six days. 

(VII) Peter, grandson of John William 
Mosher, and believed to be a son of James 
Mosher, was born in Massachusetts, about 
1775, died in Oppenheim, Fulton county. New 
York, 1816. He settled in Fulton county, in 
1796. He purchased a farm in the then wilder- 
ness that is now in the possession of a grand- 
son, Chauncey Mosher. He married Mary 
Rarrick. Children : John P., Peter. Ephraim. 



Jeremiah, Abraham, Leonard, Elizabeth, Cor- 
nelia and Polly. 

(VIII) Ephraim, son of Peter and Mary 
(Rarrick) Mosher, was born in Oppenheim, 
Fulton county. New York, 1804, died at Fal- 
coner, Chautauqua county, New York, 1875. 
He was reared and educated in Fulton county, 
where he remained until 1832, when he re^ 
moved to Chautauqua county, settling first in 
the town of Ellington, where he purchased a 
farm. He later sold this farm and purchased 
another in Poland, same county. He owned 
two adjoining farms of sixty and seventy-five 
acres, in Poland, which he operated until his 
death. He was a Democrat until his later 
years, when he became a Republican. He 
served as collector of Ellington, and was high- 
ly regarded in his community. He was a 
dealer in fine stock and took active part in 
the development of his town. He married 
(first) Maria Helmick, (second), in 1844, 
Lucretia Abbey, born in Guilford, Chenango 
county, New York, 1816, died 1897, daughter 
of Henry and Eva (Ingersoll) Abbey. Henry 
Abbey was born September 3, 1787, died Au- 
gust 26, 1875. Eva Ingersoll was bom Au- 
gust 8, 1789, died January 23, 1857. Lucretia 
was a woman of more than ordinary attain- 
ments. She took a prominent part in church 
and social affairs and left a noble, womanly 
record as a memorial. She was a founder and 
first president of the Pine Hill Cemetery Asso- 
ciation, of Falconer, and on each recurring 
Memorial Day her grave is decorated by her 
loving friends. Henry Abbey, her father, was 
born in Enfield, Connecticut, settled in Guil- 
ford, Chenango county, New York, coming 
from there to Ellington, Chautauqua county. 
He married Eva Ingersoll, May i, 1814. Henry 
was a son of Thomas Abbey, who removed 
from Salem, Massachusetts, to Enfield, Con- 
necticut, in 1680. He built and operated a 
hotel there that is standing to-day. He served 
eight years in the English army during colonial 
wars and served in the continental army dur- 
ing the revolution. Children of first wife: 
Catherine, Margaret, Ephraim and Ezra. Chil- 
dren of second wife: Harriet M., bom April 
19, 1845, married Robert Cowden, of James- 
town; Victoria, December 25, 1847, married 
Samuel Ely, of Falconer; Stiles Burt, of fur- 
ther mention. 

(IX) Stiles Burt, only son of Ephraim and 
lAicretia (Abbey) Mosher, was born in Po- 
land, Chautauqua county. New York, March 

2y^ 1 85 1. He was educated in the public 
schools, and, for many years was engaged in 
farming. He has been engaged in broom mak- 
ing of late years, and in lighter pursuits. He 
resides on a part of the old homestead, which 
was a tract of about twenty acres that at pres- 
ent forms part of the village of Falconer. He 
is held in high esteem and has served %s village 
trustee and on the school board. Mosher street, 
in the village, is named in the family honor. 
He is a Democrat in politics, and an attendant 
of the Unitarian church. He married, Octo- 
ber 29, 1879, Martha M. Cook, born in Attica, 
New York, February 11, 1858, died November 
I, 1908, daughter of John N. and Anna (Koh- 
ley) Cook. Children: i. Gertrude E., bom 
July 29, 1880; graduate of Falconer high 
school, Fredonia Normal School and Syracuse 
University, class of 1903; taught at Goshen 
and Falconer, New York, in the public schools ; 
is now a resident of Falconer. 2. Harriet 
Anna, bom August 7, 1884; married William 
W. Densmore; children: Burt Ellsworth and 
Dorothy Irene. 3. Harry Abbey, born June 
18, 1892. 4. Henry Ephraim, twin of Harry 
Abbey; both sons were educated in the Fal- 
coner high school and reside at home. In 
191 1 Henry E. Mosher was honored by an 
appointment from New York state at large to 
the United States Military Academy, West 
Point, New York, by United States Senator 
James A. O'Gorman, of New York. 

John Norbert Cook (formerly Koch), father 
of Mrs. Martha M. (Cook) Mosher, was born 
at Ehrang, province of the Rhine, Germany, 
July 13, 181 3, died at Olean, New York, June, 
1889, son of John Koch, of Germany. John 
Norbert Cook received a classical education in 
the gymnasium of his native province and be- 
came a fluent linguist, speaking several lan- 
guages, also teaching them. He came to New 
York City, February 26, 1846, and from there 
went to Bennington, New York, from thence 
to Attica, New York, finally settling in Olean, 
where he died. He was a farmer in the United 
States, but probably lived a retired life after 
going to Olean. He was a member of the Cath- 
olic church and a man highly esteemed. 

He married, in 1844, at Ehrang, Germany, 
Anna Kohley, who accompanied him to the 
United States. Children, all but the first bom 
in New York state: Jacob, born in Germany, 
1845; Grace, 1851 ; Kate, 1853; Frank C, 
1855; Martha M.. 1858, married Stiles Burt 
Mosher; Anna, 1861 ; John W., 1862. 



John Koch, father of John Norbert Cook, 
was born 1769, died 1859. He was a man of 
good education, and a graduate of the Gym- 
nasium. His wife's name was Elizabeth. Chil- 
dren: Elizabeth, John Norbert, Peter, Ger- 
heart and Hans. 

The antiquity of the Hutch- 
HUTCHINSON inson family is very great. 

Its origin has been assigned 
to one Uitchensis, said to have been a Nor- 
w^ian, and to have come from Normandy 
with William the Conqueror, but there is no, 
record of the family after the Ccxiquest until 
1282, after which the history of the family is 
definitely known. The coat-of-arms : Per pale 
gules and azure semee of cross-crosslets or, a 
lion rampant argent. Crest: Out of a ducal 
coronet or a cockatrice with wings endorsed 
azure, beaked combed and wattled gules. 

(I) Bernard Hutchinson, of Cowlan, York- 
shire, England, was living in 1282. He bore 
the coat-of-arms above described. His wife 
was the daughter of John Bo)rvill, Esq., of one 
of the best families of Yorkshire. Children: 

John, mentioned below ; Robert, married 

Newcomen, of Saltfleetlby, Lincolnshire ; Mary, 
married William Sutton, of Washingborough, 

(H) John, son of Bernard Hutchinson, mar- 
ried Edith Wouldbie, of Wouldbie. Children : 
James, mentioned below; Barbara, married 
Lewis Ashton, of Spalding, Lincolnshire ; Julia, 
married AUyne Bruxbie, of Shobie; Margaret, 
married William Champemowne, of Devon- 

(HI) James, only son of John Hutchinson, 
was of Cowlam, and married Ursula Gregory, 
of Nafferton, Yorkshire. Children: William, 
mentioned below; John, married daughter of 
John Conyers; Barbara, married John Ha- 
thome, of Cransweke (Cranswick) ; daughter, 
married John Ocam, Esq.; Eleanor, married 
Thomas Brown, Esq. 

(IV) William, son of James Hutchinson, 
married Anne Bennett, daughter of William 
Bennett, of Thackley, in the West Riding of 
Yorkshire, England. Children : Anthony, men- 
tioned below; Oliver, married daughter of 
John Tindall; Mary, married Jervas Abtost; 
Alice, married William English. 

(V) Anthony, son of William Hutchinson, 
married (first) Judith Crosland, daughter of 
Thomas, (second) Isabel Harvie, daughter of 
Robert. Children of second wife: William; 

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Thomas, mentioned below ; John ; Richard, supf- 
posed to have settled in Ireland ; Leonard ; Ed- 
mund; Francis; Andrew. 

(VI) Thomas, son of Anthony Hutchinson, 
bought the principal part of the township of 
Owthorpe, Nottinghamshire, the remaining por- 
tion afterward coming into the family of his 
descendants. He lived in the reign of Henry 
VIII. He owned also an estate at Colston 
Bassett, a few miles east of Owthorpe. His 
actual residence was at Cropwell Butler. He 
was living as late as October 9, 1550. Chil- 
dren: William; John; Lawrence, mentioned 

(VH) Lawrence, son of Thomas Hutchin- 
son, resided at ToUertown, a town between 
Owthorpe and Nottingham. He married Isa- 
bel , who survived him. His will was 

dated July 2, 1577, and proved at York, Octo- 
ber 9, following. Children : Robert ; Thomas, 
mentioned below; Agnes; Richard; William. 

(VIII) Thomas (2), son of Lawrence Hutch- 
inson, resided at Newark, in Nottinghamshire, 
and died in 1598. His will was proved May 
II, that year, and dated March i. Children: 
William, died before his father ; Thomas, men- 
tioned below ; Joan. 

(IX) Thomas (3), son of Thomas (2) Hutch- 
inson, inherited his father's estate at Newark, 
but removed to Arnold, near Nottingham, be- 
tween 1601 and 1605. He married Alice , 

who survived him. He was buried at Arnold, 
August 17, 1618, his will being dated March 4, 
preceding. He bequeathed to all his children, 
most of whom were doubtless bom at New- 
ark, before his removal to Arnold. Children : 
John, married twice, lived at Arnold; Isabel, 
married Adam Barker; Humphrey, living in 
1618; Elizabeth; Robert, baptized at Newark, 
September 6, 1601, lived at Arnold; Richard, 
mentioned below ; Thomas, baptized at Arnold, 
June 16, 1605. 

(X) Richard, son of Thomas (3) Hutchin- 
son, was born 1602-03. I^ 1660 he deposed 
that his age was fifty-eight. He married, at Cot- 
grave, county Nottingham, England, December 
7, 1627, Alice Bosworth, probably daughter of 
Joseph Bosworth, of Southell, otherwise known 
as the Cathedral Church, of Nottinghamshire. 
He was the immigrant ancestor, and came to 
America, in 1634, with his wife Alice and four 
children, and settled in Salem, Massachusetts. 
He had a grant of land from Salem in 1636, 
and the next year a grant of twenty acres more, 
"provided he will set up a plough." It is said 



that, at that time, there were but thirty-seven 
ploughs in the entire colony. In 1664 he had 
another parcel of land granted him, and, in 
1660, still another. The land was situated in 
the vicinity of Hathorn's Hill, Beaver Dam 
Brook, now called Beaver Brook, which runs 
through Middleton into the Ipswich river. He 
and his wife were members of the Salem 
church as early as 1636, He bought a farm 
of a hundred and fifty acres, at Salem Village, 
now Danvers, of Elias Stillman, in 1648, which 
was his homestead afterward. He served on a 
committee of the town to survey Jeffrey's 
creek, now Manchester, and Mackerel Cove. 
He married (second), in October, 1668, Sarah 
Standish, widow of James Standish, of whose 
estate Hutchinson was appointed administrator, 
April I, 1679. His will was dated January 19, 
1679, and proved September 26, 1682. His 
widow married (third) Thomas Roots, of Man- 
chester, whom she also survived. Children of 
first wife, the first five born in England: i. 
Alice, baptized at North Muskham, Notting- 
hamshire, September 2T, 1628, died there same 
year. 2. Elizabeth, baptized at Arnold, August 
30, 1629; married Deacon Nathaniel Putnam, 
of Danvers. 3. Mary, baptized at North Musk- 
ham, December 28, 1630 ; married Thomas Hale, 
of Newbury, Massachusetts. 4. Rebecca, born 
1632; married James Hadlock, of Salem. 5. 
Joseph, mentioned below. 6. Abigail, baptized 
at Salem, December 25, 1636; married Anthony 
Ashby. 7. Hannah, baptized June 20, 1639: 
married, April 12, 1662, Daniel Boardman. 8. 
John, born May, 1643; married, July, 1672, 
Sarah Putnam. 

(XI) Joseph, son of Richard Hutchinson, 
was born in England, in 1633. He came to 
America, with his father, and settled on part 
of the homestead conveyed to him by deed of 
gift, March 16, 1666. He also had a grant of 
land in Salem. In 1673 ^^ ^^^ ^^^ ^^ ^^ com- 
mittee to build a parsonage at Danvers, and he 
gave the land. He was one of the petitioners 
for the setting oflF of the town of Danvers, then 
called Salem Village. He conveyed most of 
his real estate to his sons before his death, and 
died intestate. He married (first) Abigail, 
daughter of John Gedney, (second), February 
28, 1678, Lydia (Buxton) Small, widow of Jo- 
seph Small ; she was admitted to the church at 
Danvers, April 27, 1690. Children of first wife, 
all baptized at the First Church, in Salem, Sep- 
tember 26, 1666: Abigail, died young; Bethia, 
died 1690: Joseph, died May, 1751 ; John, died 

1746, married May 7, 1694, Mary Gould ; Ben- 
jamin, baptized September 26, 1666, died intes- 
tate, 1733. Children of second wife: Abigail, 
born June 14, 1679; Richard, May 10, 1681, 
married, February 16, 1714, Rachel Bunce; 
Samuel, of whom further; Ambrose, June 4, 
1684, married Ruth Leach; Lydia, September 
13, 1685, married George Nourse; Robert, No- 
vember 3, 1687, married Elizabeth Putnam. 

(XII) Samuel, son of Joseph Hutchinson, 
was born in Danvers, Massachusetts, October 
9, 1682, third child of Lydia (Buxton) Small, 

, second wife of Joseph Hutchinson. His tomb- 
stone, in Windham, Connecticut, reads : "Here 
lies the body of Mr. Samuel Hutchinson, who 
lived a sober, virtuous life and hopefully died 
in the faith of ye Lord Jesus, February 22nd, 
1758, in the 77th year of his age.'' He removed 
to Windham, Connecticut, about 1710, as that 
year he ceased to be taxed in Danvers. He 
married, June 14, 1715, Rachel, sister of Will- 
iam Allen, who came to Windham with Sam- 
uel Hutchinson. Her gravestone, at Windham, 
reads: "In memory of Mrs. Rachel Hutchin- 
son, wife of Mr. Samuel Hutchinson, who died 
May ye 6th, 1752 (or 3), in ye 77th year of 
her age." Children : Sarah, born May 12, 1716 ; 
Samuel, April 18, 1718; Joseph, of whom fur- 

(XIII) Joseph, son of Samuel Hutchinson, 
was born in Windham, Connecticut, February 
25, 1719-20, died there, November 21, 1804. 
He married (first), November 11, 1742, Ruth 
Read, of Windham. Children: Eleazer, bom 
February 12. 1745, died February 29, 1824, 
married Olive Abbott; Elisha, of whom fur- 
ther; Rachel, born August 5, 1748, died No- 
vember, 1825. He married (second) Mary 
Warren, of Windham. 

(XIV) Elisha, son of Joseph Hutchinson, 
was born in Windham, Connecticut, November 
22, 1746, died* there. May 12, 1824. He mar- 
ried, October i, 1766, Eunice Hyde, of Frank- 
lin, Connecticut, who died May i, 1833. He 
settled in Lebanon, Connecticut. Children, all 
bom in Lebanon: i. Daniel, of whom further. 
2. Rachel, born August 21, 1769; in her forty- 
first year married Daniel Terry. 3. Eunice, 
born October 24. 1771, died April 16, 1815: 
married Deacon John Hayward. 4. Elisha, 
bom December 25. 1774 ; married Mary ( Polly) 
Tilden. 5. Ruth, October 19, 1779, died May 
4, 1 8 10; married Timothy Bailey. 

(XV) Dr. Daniel Hutchinson, son of Elisha 
Hutchinson, was bom in Lebanon, Connect!- 




cut, November 23, 1767, died there, October 
II, 1827. He married, (Dctober 20, 1787, Sus- 
anna Throop, of Lebanon, who died in Guil- 
ford, Connecticut, October 31, 1857, and i5 
buried in Lebanon, beside her husband. Chil- 
dren, all born in Lebanon : i. Joseph, born Au- 
gust I, 1788; married Sarah Maxwell, died in 
Nevada City, November 24, 1873; served in 
the Mexican war, on the staff of General Scott. 

2. Captain Erastus, born December 5, 1790, 
died August 4, 1843 »' married Nancy Loomis. 

3. John, of whom further. 4. Eunice, born 
June 10, 1795; married Dr. Anson Foote, of 
Guilford. 5. Elisha, born October 12, 1800, 
died in Buffalo, New York, August, 1862 ; mar- 
ried Marietta Bailey, of Lebanon. 6. Daniel, 
born July 20, 1805, died at Black Rock, Erie 
county. New York, March 21, 1853. With the 
children of Dr. Daniel Hutchinson the history 
of the family in Erie county begins. 

(XVI) John, third son of Dr. Daniel Hutch- 
inson, was bom in Lebanon, Connecticut, Oc- 
tober 28, 1792; died in Williams ville, Erie 
county, New York, August 25, 1865. He first 
came to Buffalo in 1815, and, for a time, work- 
ed for Jonas Williams, who had a tannery at 
Williamsville, and was the first postmaster of 
that village, which was named in his honor. 
In 1818 he returned to Lebanon, married, and 
returned to Williamsville with his bride, mak- 
ing the entire journey by wagon and team. He 
later purchased the tannery from Mr. Will- 
iams, which he operated for about half a cen- 
tury. (This old plant was consumed by fire 
in 1865). The leather made at the tannery 
was sold through his son, John Martin Hutch- 
inson, who had a wholesale leather store in 
Buffalo. John Hutchinson was a man of im- 
portance in Williamsville and Erie county. He 
was a Whig in politics, and a pillar of the Bap- 
tist church. He was first chief of the village 
fire department, and seems to have transmitted 
to his posterity an interest in matters pertain- 
ing to fire protection, as both his son and grand- 
son were intimately connected with Buffalo's 
fire department in later days. He married, in 
1 8 18, Harriot Martin, of Connecticut. Chil- 

•dren: John Martin, of whom further; Helen 
Mar, married William H. Randall, a Baptist 
minister, and chaplain in the civil war, holding 
the rank of major, no issue. 

(XVII) John Martin, only son of John 
Hutchinson, was born in Williamsville, Erie 
county, New* York, March 25, 1820; died in 
Buffalo, New York, August 17, 1886. He 

worked with his father and became familiar 
with the manufacture and qualities of leather 
at the Williamsville tannery. At the age of 
nineteen years, in 1839, he became head of the 
sales department, opening a warehouse and 
salesrooms in Buffalo. Here until 1867 he 
marketed the output of his father's tannery. 
Trade was established all through the middle 
and northern west, Buffalo being the distribut- 
ing center. He continued actively engaged in 
the leather business until the death of his 
father, in 1865. The business was then grad- 
ually closed up, and, in 1867, he retired, de- 
voting himself thereafter to his private con- 
cerns. He was one of Buffalo's great-hearted 
prominent men. He was appointed by Mayor 
Brush, in 1887, a member of the first board of 
fire commissioners, appointed under the act 
creating a paid fire department in Buffalo, and 
reappointed, in 1885, by Mayor Scoville. He 
was also a member of the old volunteer depart- 
ment, having become a charter member of 
Taylor Hose Company, No. i, November 13, 
1850, continuing until 1875. He was a director 
of the Marine Bank (then a state bank) ; di- 
rector of the Suspension Bridge Company, 
Niagara Falls ; director of the Buffalo & Eric 
railroad, which was later merged into what is 
now the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern 
railroad ; trustee of the Buffalo City and Coun- 
ty Hall ; trustee of the Buffalo State Hospital ; 
trustee of the Buffalo City Cemetery ; and one 
of the incorporators of the Church Charity 
Foundation of the Protestant Episcopal Church, 
in Buffalo, and always took a deep interest in 
this society, which maintains homes for aged 
persons and rears^and educates orphans. He 
was president of the Young Men's Association, 
and one of the trustees of its real estate. He 
was also one of the organizers of the Buffalo 
Driving Park Association. He was an active 
member of Trinity Episcopal Church, and was 
a member of the vestry. Formerly a Whig, he 
became a Democrat when the Whig party dis- 
rupted, and was thereafter a loyal fnember of 
that party, serving, at one time, as chairman 
of the Democratic county committee. He was 
a man of generous impulse and ever ready to 
aid in charitable and philanthropic work. He 
stood high in his community, both as a man of 
business and in good citizenship. 

He married, January, 1851, Eunice Alzina, 
died March 13, 1852. daughter of Rufus How- 
ard, of Frankfort, New York. 

(XV'III) Edward Howard, only child of 



John Martin and Eunice A. (Howard) Hutch- 
inson, was born in Buffalo, New York, north- 
west corner of North Division and Ellicott 
streets, March 7, 1852, his mother dying a few 
days after his birth. He was educated in 
public school No. 10, private schools, and Cen- 
tral High School. While preparing to enter 
Harvard University failing eyesight frustrated 
his plans and hastened the beginning of his busi- 
ness career. In 1870, being then but eighteen 
years of age, he became a partner (his father 
purchasing an interest for him) in the pork- 
packing firm of L. W. Drake & Company. He 
continued in this business until 1875, when the 
firm's packing house, in Buffalo, was destroyed 
by fire. Market conditions, at the time, not 
being favorable, it was decided not to rebuild, 
and the firm was dissolved. He then became 
interested in advertising, and, in the autumn of 
1875, established the first newspaper advertis- 
ing agency ever operated in Buffalo. This 
necessitated printing machinery, from which 
the business broadened and developed into a 
complete printing and publishing plant, located 
in the Hutchinson building, especially con- 
structed for its home, with three large cylinder 
presses constantly employed in doing every 
kind of general printing. As the printing busi- 
ness grew the advertising branch was abandon- 
ed. Mr. Hutchinson conducted this enterprise 
most successfully until 1895, when it was 
closed out. Since then he has devoted himself 
to the management of his large estate. In 
1882 he becan^e a partner of Thurstone & 
Company, wholesale and retail drugs, and con- 
tinued this connection until 1886. He invested 
heavily in Buffalo real est^e, as opportunity 
offered, much of which he has improved with 
buildings, office and apartment, maintaining a 
suite of offices in the "Hutchinson Building." 
He is senior member of the board of directors 
of the Marine National Bank, and chairman of 
the finance committee, having been elected a 
quarter of a century ago to fill the place made 
vacant by the death of his father. 

He is also active in public city affairs; is 
president of the board of trustees of Buffalo 
City Cemetery (Forest Lawn) ; treasurer of 
the endowment fund of St. Paul's Episcopal 
Church, and a member of the board of man- 
agers of the Church Charity Foundation of 
the Protestant Episcopal Church, of which his 
father was an incorporator. A graceful tribute, 
to the memory of his parents' interest in the 
homes maintained by the society, is found in 

the beautiful red sandstone Hutchinson Memo- 
rial Chapel, erected by Mr. Hutchinson and 
presented to the society as a memorial. He is 
a vestryman of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 
and chairman of the finance committee. His 
interest in the welfare of St. Paul's impelled 
Mr. Hutchinson to have built and installed in 
the church a magnificent pipe organ, said to be 
without a peer in the United States for tone 
and the variety of its mechanical attachments. 
This organ is in sections, in different parts of 
the church, electrically connected, and all con- 
trolled by one keyboard. Its range is remark- 
able, varying from the flutelike notes of a bird 
to the grandest, deepest volume. Under- the 
control of the skillful organist, Mr. Webster, 
this organ forms a most delightful addition to 
the impressive services of St. Paul's. The 
organ was presented to the church in the name 
of Mr. Hutchinson and his wife. 

As president of the Buffalo City Cemetery, 
Mr. Hutchinson has done a great deal to secure 
burial facilities for the old soldiers of Buffalo, 
and on the walls of his office is a certificate of 
associate membership in Chapin Post, Grand 
Army of the Republic, acknowledging these 
favors and expressing their gratitude. He has 
always taken a deep interest in the early fam- 
ily home, Williamsville, having donated the site 
upon which the village hall and hose house 
now stands, and where the fire department, 
to which he has been most generous, has 
named a company in his honor. He has also 
been intimately connected with the fire depart- 
ment of Buffalo. In 1891 he was appointed 
fire commissioner by Mayor Bishop, and, in 
1900, by Ms^yor Diehl, a member of the first 
union station commission, serving two years 
and being reappointed by Mayor Knight. Mr. 
Hutchinson enjoys the unique honor of having^ 
been the only Democrat ever elected to office 
from the old tenth ward, always known as the 
strongest Republican ward in Buffalo. In 1887 
he was a candidate of his party for alderman, 
and was elected, running one thousand votes 
ahead of his ticket. He refused a renomina- 
tion, and, shortly afterward, the city was re- 
districted and old ward lines swept away. He 
is actively interested in the success of his party 
and has served as a member of the executive 
committee of the Democratic general commit- 
tee of Erie county. He is an honorary mem- 
ber of the Exempt Fireman's Association ; life 
member of the Veteran Volunteer Fireman's 
Association; life member of the Buffalo Soci- 

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t' «: iini)ivs-ive servu es of St. Paurs. Th': 
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fiie ct^Mini^.sioncr by I\[:'.or Evisl^.j^, ar.-.I, i: 
i'>o, l»y ^'avor ];ieh! a n^^nibei i»f the ^.'\ 
union >tation coini^''H>i' .ti, .'ervinir two }e; ts 
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been il.e onh Donn^^at ever elected to otV-.'o 
ivi m tl'" o'li tnnli ward, alw.'y^ k'v:»wn a< ■ e 
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aI^l \va< elcttel, rnnning one tlionsan^^ V'»'i- 
nhea<l oi hi^- luket. H»* rrfu-cd a ren^:.i"ii 
lion. and. ^l^•^tl^ tu'terwar i, the city wa.s le 
diisi'i.ted ap(t el«: vvard lir.e^ j-w ept away, l-i 
is .1' iTvcdy inti.:e-K'd in the -'loces.s of his p-ir: ' 
and has ^crv t as a member of \\v e>:"cn:'\' 
conrn'tuc of the l.'em<M:ratic j^r^nr'-al c p '■/:■ 
t'jc of Fn'e Comity. He i> an honi.r.i''v me' 
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ety of Natural Sciences, Buffalo Historical 
Society, Buffalo Free Library Association and 
Buffalo Orphan Asylum ; member of the Church 
Home League, and of the Young Men's Chris- 
tian Association. He holds life membership 
in the Masonic bodies of Buffalo; Ancient 
Landmarks Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons ; 
Adytum Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; Key- 
stone Council, Royal and Select Masters ; Hugh 
De Payens Commandery, Knights Templar, 
and is a member of Ismailia Temple, Nobles of 
the Mystic Shrine. 

A valuable gift by Mr. Hutchinson and his 
wife to the city of Buffalo and to the cause of 
education is the recent donation of a valuable 
site, on Chippewa street, for the erection of a 
new Central High School, to be known as the 
Hutchinson High School. This gift to their 
alma mater was duly accepted and acknowl- 
edged in a handsomely engrossed and bound 
resolution, adopted and signed by the boards of 
aldermen and councilmen of the city, and pre- 
sented to the joint givers. Mr. Hutchinson has 
spent an active, busy life, and has cause for con- 
gratulation as he takes a retrospective view of 
his past life. He is held in highest esteem, and 
has lived a life of usefulness that deserves 
the highest commendation. 

He married, September 25, 1872, Jeanie 
Blanche, daughter of Corneal and AlRson ( Bath- 
gate) Ganson, of a prominent Buffalo family. 
She is a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church 
and auxiliary societies, and equally interested, 
with her husband, in good works. Children, 
born in Buffalo: i. Martha Williams, graduate 
of the Ogontz School, Philadelphia, Pennsyl- 
vania; married, October, 1896, Geoffrey M. 
Purcell, and resides in San Gabriel, near Los 
Angeles, California; children, two died in in- 
fancy, living : Howard Geoffrey, born October, 
1897, ^^^ Ganson. 2. Blanche, graduate of 
Buffalo Female Seminary; married, October 
24, 1900, John Henry Baker ; children : Sarah 
Hutchinson, born October 15, 1901 ; Jean Wat- 
scMi, born April 27, 1903; John Hutchinson, 
bom July 9, 1905, and Edward Folsom, bom 
July 13, 1907. 

This family was planted in Amer- 
KNAPP ica by Nicholas Knapp, born (it 

is supposed) in Bury St. Mary's, 
Sussex, England, died in Stamford, Connecti- 
cut, April 16, 1670. He came to New Eng- 
land in Winthrop's fleet, 1630, settled at Water- 
tow-n, Massachusetts, where he is listed as a 

proprietor in 1636-37. He was fined March i, 
163 1, by the court, five pounds for taking upon 
him to cure the scurvy by a water of no value, 
which he sold at a dear rate ( Colonial Rec- 
ords). In 1648 he removed to Stamford, Con- 
necticut, where he had land in 1649. ^^ ^^^ 
in April, 1670, his will being dated April 15, 
of that year. His first wife Eleanor died June 
16, 1658. He' married (second), March 9, 
1659, Unica, widow of Peter Brown, who had 
also been the widow of Clement Buxton. Chil- 
dren, bom in Waterf ord : Jonathan, December 
27, 1631 ; Timothy, December 14, 1632 ; Joshua, 
January 5, 1635; Caleb, of further mention; 
Sarah, January 5, 1639 ; Ruth, January 6, 1641 ; 
Hannah, March 6, 1643; Moses and Lydia, 
probably bom in Stamford. 

(H) Caleb, son of Nicholas Knapp, born in 
Watertown, Massachusetts, January 20, 1637, 
moved to Stamford, with the family, in 1648. 
His wife was Hannah. His will, bearing date 
of October 3, 1674, names children: Caleb; 
John, of further mention; Moses; Samuel; 
Sarah, and Hannah. 

(HI) John, son of Caleb and Hannah Knapp, 
was born in Stamford, Connecticut, July 25, 
1664. He married, June 10, 1692, Hannah 
Ferris. Children: Samuel, bom August 27, 
1695; John, of further mention; Hannah, 
March 10, 1698-99; a son, August 15, 1701 ; 
Charles, March 9, 1703; Deborah, June 28, 


(IV") John (2), son of John (i) and Han- 
nah (Ferris) Knapp, was bom in Stamford, 
Connecticut, August 14, 1697. He married 
and had issue. 

(V) Jolifl (3), son of John (2) Knapp, was 
born about 1730. He settled in Danbury, Con- 
necticut, where others of the family preceded 
him. He is credited in the history of Stam- 
ford with two hundred and twenty-three days 
military service during 1776. He married Ruth 
Gr^ory. Children: Samuel, born 1760, mar- 
ried Mary Lindsey; Elizabeth, married Ezra 
Nichols ; Jehu, of further mention ; Ruth, mar- 
ried Baker Bass; John, born May 13, 1772, 
married Lucy Merwin ; Chloe, married Joseph 
Mansfield: Levi, born May i, 1777, married 
Elizabeth Hamilton. 

(VI) Jehu, son of John (3) and Ruth 
(Gregory) Knapp, was bom November 17, 
1767. He left Massachusetts, and, in Novem- 
ber, 1821, settled on lot 49, town 2 (Harmony), 
Chautauqua county, New York, and is buried 
at Panama, in the same town. He married 



Lx)is Wood. Children: i. Noah, died March 
30, 1866. He came to Harmony with his 
father, settled on lot 41, and afterward had the 
homestead farm. He married and had : Laura, 
John, Clarissa, Lucy, Hannah, Mary, Levi, 
Emmeline, Charlotte and Cornelius (twins), 

Cornelia. 2. Lucy, married Kirkpatrick. 

3. Levi, married and had a son Levi (2), who 
was living in Eugene, Iowa, in 1879. 4. Lu- 
cinda, married Haines, and lived in 

Panama ; son, Austin. 5. Nancy, married 

Joslyn ; sons, Frank and Fred, who lived near 
Conneautville, Pennsylvania. 6. Jehu, died in 
Auburn, New York; daughter, Ann Eliza. 7. 
Darius, of further mention. 8. Orrin, married 
and removed to Sheridan, Montcalm county, 
Michigan. 9. Cyrus, killed by a falling tree, 
in Panama, aged eighteen. 10. Harriet, mar- 
ried Hiram Smith; lived at Conneautville, 
Pennsylvania, where she died. 

( VH) Darius, son of Jehu and Lois (Wood) 
Knapp, was born April 24, 1805, died January 
24, 1866. He was educated in the public 
schools and became a prosperous farmer of 
Panama, Chautauqua county. New York. He 
was of prominence in the town of Harmony 
and held some of the town offices. He was a 
Republican in politics, and a member of the 
Presbyterian church. He married Polly Ed- 
wards, bom November 3, 1807, died Decem- 
ber 5, 1877, daughter of Ebenezer and Sybil 
(Seeley) Edwards. Children: i. Ebenezer, 
bom April 19, 1831, died August 7, 1831. 2. 
Elpha, August 8, 1834, died March 24, 1835. 
3. Charles, May 16, 1838, died September 10. 
1868; married Alice Berry. 4. Mary, May 31, 
1840; married Henry C. Steward. 5. James, 
of further mention. 

(Vni) James, son of Darius and Polly 
(Edwards) Knapp, was bom in the town of 
Harmony, Chautauqua county, New York, 
September 23, 1841, died at Jamestown, New 
York, March 20, 1910, and is buried in Lake- 
view cemetery. He grew to manhood on the 
home farm, and was educated in the public 
schools. He lived in the village of Panama, 
and conducted his farming operations there 
until 1889, when he removed to Jamestown, 
where he engaged in the real estate business, 
continuing the remainder of his life. He in- 
herited considerable wealth to which he added 
substantially through his own efforts. He was 
charitable and kindly-hearted, never distress- 
ing his tenants when unable to meet their obli- 
gations. He held a large amount of city and 

suburban property, and had many calls upon 
his charity. He was extremely public-spirited, 
but so very unassuming that few knew the 
extent of his influence in his city. He took no 
active part in political affairs, but always sup- 
ported the Republican party. He took an espe- 
cial interest in the preservation of family his- 
tory and had carefully preserved his own from 
the earliest days in America. He was an at- 
tendant of the Baptist church, but held no mem- 
bership in secret orders or clubs, being essenti- 
ally a home man. He married, at Panama, 
January 6, 1869, Ellen Lewis, born there, Oc- 
tober 24, 1846, daughter of Perrin and Lury 
(Cook) Lewis (see forward). Children: i. 
Lewis D., born at Panama, New York, Octo- 
ber 8, 1872 ; educated in the public schools of 
his native village, Jamestown high school and 
Jamestown Business College; was five years 
in the drug business, in Jamestown, now is 
engaged in the management of the family 
estate; he is a Republican and a member of 
the Baptist church. 2. Mabel, bom Februar}' 
28, 1874, died April 16, 1903 ; she was educated 
in the Jamestown grammar and high schools ; 
was a member of the Baptist church and a 
devoted Christian ; she married, September 14, 
1893, Royal C. Burnham; son, Kenneth K., 
born October 9, 1894. Mrs. Knapp survives 
her husband, a resident of Jamestown, New 

(The Lewis Line). 

This is one of the oldest names in English 
history and one of the most numerous and dis- 
tinguished in American history. It is claimed 
by many genealogists that the name was origin- 
ally spelled Louis, and was known in France 
as early as the eighth century, when that coun- 
try was a part of the Roman Empire. Gene- 
alogists also attempt to establish the fact that 
all of the Lewis name in America descended 
from one common stock of Huguenot re- 
fugees, who fled from France, on the revoca- 
tion of the ** Edict of Nantes," in 1685 ; but the 
records show that in many counties of England 
there were many of the name to be found cen- 
turies before that event, and indeed there were 
many of them in Virginia previous to 1685. 
The name of Louis in continental Europe and 
Lewis in England is too old and too numerous 
to be traced to a common origin. Indeed, the 
name Lewis i§ too widely dispersed in Amer- 
ica and traceable to too many different sources 
to admit of any "common origin" theory even 



It is asserted that General Robert Lewis was 
the first of the name in America known to 
history or genealogy. He was a native of Bre- 
con, Wales, and came here, in 1635, with his 
wife Elizabeth, sailing from Gravesend, Eng- 
land, in April, of that year, and settling in 
Gloucester county, Virginia. These facts are 
all denied and even his existence is doubted. 
But the proofs are substantial, and he may be 
accepted as a fact. The records of Massachu- 
setts Bay Colony name Humphrey* Lewis in 
May, 1629. William Lewis and his wife and 
only son William came to Boston in 1632, in 
the ship "Lion." The family is exceedingly 
numerous in New York, there being several 
associations and a periodical published called 
The Lcivis Letter. In the Mohawk Valley 
David Lewis kept an inn, near Schenectady, in 
1 71 3. Lewis county, New York, is named in 
honor of Major-General Morgan Lewis, of 
French ancestry, son of Francis Lewis, a signer 
of the Declaration of Independence. He was 
a famous general of the revolutionary and 
18 1 2 wars with Great Britain, and governor of 
New York, 1804-07, defeating Aaron Burr. 

This branch of the family came to New 
York from Vermont, where Enos Lewis re- 
sided in Rutland county. He was born April, 
1773, died April 26, 1861, in his eighty-ninth 
year. His wife Eunice, born 1772, died May 
15, 1862. Their son, Perrin Lewis, was born 
in Rutland county, Vermont, April 2, 1803, 
died January 29, 1890. He was well educated 
in Vermont, and learned the cabinetmaker's 
trade. In 1832 he settled in Chautauqua coun- 
ty. New York,, where he conducted a farm and 
worked at his trade. 

He married (first), October 27, 1825, Emily 
Francis, born November 30, 1806, died No- 
vember 25, 1826. He married (second) Feb- 
ruary 7, 1827, Lury Cook, born December 8, 
1803, died January 30, 1892, daughter of Fran- 
cis and Susannah Cpok, of Hamburg, Erie 
county. New York. Francis Cook died 1810, 
leaving a widow and seven children at the 
home in Hamburg. During the war of 181 2 
their home was visited by the Indians. Lury 
Cook was sent, by her mother, to summon 
help, and it was not until after the burning of 
Buffalo, in 181 3, that the family were reunited. 
Children of Perrin and Lury (Cook) Lewis: 
Emily, bom February 18, 1828, died Septem- 
ber 26, 1839 ; Cherlina, March 23, 1830, married 
(first) Dr. John R. Bush, (second) William 
Walrodt: Martha, December 20, 1831, died 

September i, 1849, married Moses Bush; 
Eunice, died age two years; Alta, September 
12, 1835, married Rev. Austin D. Bush ; Eunice, 
December 7, 1837, died October 27, 1840; Will- 
iam Henry, April 2, 1840, living at W^interset, 
Iowa; Perrin Francis, May 26, 1844; Ellen, 
October 24, 1841^, married James Knapp; 
Charles Albert, July 5, 1849, living at Free- 
land, Michigan. 

The immigrant ancestor of the Leets 
LEET of Chautauqua county. New York, 

was William Leete, bom in Hunt- 
ingtonshire, England, in 161 1, where he was 
bred to the law, and served for a considerable 
time as a clerk of the bishop's court, at Cam- 
bridge. In this capacity he saw much of the 
oppression and cruelty practiced upon the con- 
scientious Puritans, and was led to examine 
thoroughly their doctrines and practice. The 
result was that he himself became a Puritan, 
and resigned his office. He came to New Eng- 
land with Rev. Henry Whitfield's company, 
signed the plantation covenant, June i, 1639, 
and, for forty years, served his brethren in the 
stations which his ability and education hap- 
pily fitted him for. He was an assistant, 1643- 
57, and from 165 1 to 1658 the magistrate of 
the town, and one pf the court of magistrates 
for the jurisdiction of the New Haven colony 
for a much longer period. In 1658 he was 
chosen deputy governor of the colony, which 
dignity he held until the union with the colony 
of Connecticut, in 1664. Upon the union he 
was elected magistrate, and then in Connecti- 
cut, from 1669 to 1676, deputy governor. On 
the death of Governor Winthrop, in 1676 he 
was chosen governor, which office he held until 
his death at Hartford, Connecticut, April 16. 
1683. Dr. Trumbull says of him: 

A man of figure a rigid Puritan, and a stem Re- 
publican. For forty years he was magistrate, deputy 
governor or governor of one of the colonies. In 
both colonies he presided in times of the greatest 
difficulty, yet always conducted himself with integrity 
and wisdom, so as to meet the public approval. 

He was the chief magistrate of the county 
court of New Haven county after its forma- 
tion in 1664, and held that office until his re- 
moval to Hartford on his election to the office 
of governor. After that time he remained 
there, managing the affairs of the government 
of the whole colony until his death in 1683, 
full of years and honors. His tombstone was 
discovered about 1830, at Hartford, while re- 



moving s<Mne earth that had been allowed to 
accumulate in the ancient burial yard at that 
city. He was one of the first settlers of the 
town of Guilford, with Rev. Henry Whitfield, 
"a great divine and a man of wealth,'' and was 
one of the pillars of his church. 

He had three wives, the first, Ann , 

being the mother of his children. They were 
married in England, and his son John is said 
to have been the first white child born in 
Guilford. This was in 1639, shortly after 
its settlement. He married (second), 167 1, 
Sarah, widow of Henry Rotherford, (third) 
Mary, widow of Rev. Nicholas Street, and 
former widow of General Francis Newman. 
Children: i. John, of further mention. 2. An- 
drew, an early commissioner, justice of the 
peace, assistant, 1677, and annually reelected 
untU his death, October 31,* 1702. He is said 
to have had the principal agency in recovering 
the charter of the colony during the time of 
Governor Andross, who usurped the govern- 
ment, and that he kept it for a season at his 
house. He married a daughter of Thomas 
Jordan, one of the principal settlers, and after 
the return of his father to England, about 
1660, occupied his estate and dwelling house 
on the northwest corner of the Guilford Green. 
3. William, freeman, 1^71 ; representative, 
1677; died June i, 1687, leaving a widow 
Mary, and a daughter Mary. 4. Abigail, mar- 
ried Rev. John Trowbridge. 5. Caleb, born Au- 
gust 24, 165 1, died aged twenty-one years. 6. 
Graciana, bom December 22, 1653. 7. Pereg- 
rine, born January 2, 1658, died young. 8. 
Joshua, died February 22, 1660. 9. Ann. 

(H) John, eldest child of Governor Will- 
iam and Ann Leete, was bom 1639, died No- 
vember 25, 169S. His was the first English 
birth in the new town of Guilford, Connecti- 
cut, of which his father was a founder and 
where the life of John was passed. He was 
made a freeman, 1671, and elected representa- 
tive to the general court in 1685. He married, 
October 4, 1670, Mary, died March 9, 1712, 
daughter of William Chittenden. Children: 
Ann, born August 5, 1671 ; John, June 4, 1673 » 
Joshua, July 7, 1676; Sarah, December 16, 
1677; Peletiah, of further mention; Mehitable, 
December 10, 1683 ; Mary, December 26, 1686 : 
David, December 23, 1689, died young. 

(HI) Deacon Peletiah Leete, son of John 
and Mary (Chittenden) Leete, was born in 
Guilford, 1680, died there October 13, 1768, 

aged eighty-eight years. He was the owner 
of Leete's Island, which was fortified with a 
block house in 1778, for which service the 
town of Guilford voted thirty shillings on De- 
cember II, of that year. He was deputy to 
the general court, 1723-26-27-35-36-39-40. He 
was elected deacon of the Congregational 
church, December 30, 1754, holding that office 
until his death. (The office of deacon was 
held by generation after generation of the 
family fi'om the time of Governor Leete). 
Leete's Island was originally granted to Gov- 
ernor Leete, but remained a horse pasture until 
Peletiah, a grandson of the governor, settled 
there in 1706. He was a prominent man, and 
is said to have owned one hundred head of 
cattle. He married and had issue, including 
Peletiah, of further mention. 

(IV) Peletiah (2), son of Deacon Peletiah 
(i) Leete, was born about 1720. He inherited 
the Leete's Island homestead, and erected the 
block house in 1778, spoken of in the preceding 
generation, as a means of defense against the 
British and refugees. The members of the 
Leete family were intensely loyal to the cause 
of independence and suffered much loss of 
property through depredations of the enemy. 
Peletiah lost a son, Simeon, in one of the fights 
the militia of Guilford had with a party that 
attacked the settlers, in 1781. Peletiah (2) 
married and had issue. 

(V) Simeon, son of Peletiah (2) Leete, 
was born 1753, ^^t Guilford, killed in the revo- 
lution at the age of twenty-eight years. On 
June 18, 1781, a party of one hundred and fifty 
British and refugees landed from vessels at 
Leete's Island, Guilford Harbor, and burned 
a house and two barns belonging to Daniel 
Leete. In a skirmish which took place, Simeon 
Leete (then the head of a family) was mortally 
wounded and died the next day. He was one 
of the five persons who served from Guilford 
that were killed in the baJttle. He married and 
had issue, including a son Anson. 

(VI) Captain Anson Leet, son of Simeon 
Leete, was born in Guilford, Connecticut, died 
at Point Chautauqua, on Chautauqua Lake, 
New York. He came to New York state in 
181 1, settling first in the town of Stockton, 
Chautauoua county, where he remained two 
years. He then secured from the Holland 
I. and Company the tract of land including 
Point Chautauoua, where he resided until his 
death. His old farm was sold to the Point 



Chautauqua Association, and is now one of 
the most noted resorts on the lake. He bought, 
for four dollars and fifty cents per acre, in the 
spring of 181 7, the tract now known as Point 
Chautauqua, then and for long afterward 
known as Leet's Point. The homestead where 
some of his children were born was not sold to 
the association, but was reserved by the own- 
er, William Leet, as a residence. Captain An- 
son Leet was a Whig in politics and took active 
interest and part in county affairs. He mar- 
ried, in Connecticut, Abigail Dudley. Chil- 
dren : Jonathan, Simeon, Lewis, Marie ; Frank- 
lin, of further mention ; Caroline, Mary Eliza ; 
William, born in the old homestead at Leet's 
Point, June 24, 18 18, a farmer, and, for two 
terms treasurer of Chautauqua county, mar- 
ried (first), December 2Ty 1840, Eliza Ann 
Strang, (second) December 21, 1852, Harriet 
S. Belden. A son of William, Willis D. Leet, 
also served as treasurer of Chautauqua county. 

( VH) Franklin, son of Captain Anson Leet, 
was born at Leet's Point (Point Chautauqua), 
Xew York, July 20, 181 5, died in Jamestown, 
December 11, 1907. He was a farmer and 
owned one hundred acres of the original farm 
on which he was born and now owned by the 
Chautauqua Point Association. .He was one 
of the founders of the Christian church, at 
13ewittville, and all his life a strong advocate 
of the cause of temperance. He was a Re- 
publican in politics, was justice of the peace, 
town auditor, and held several minor offices. 
He was a man of high character, quiet and re- 
served in manner, a worthy descendant of the 
old Puritan governor, William Leete. 

He married (first), Sally Sumner, born in 
Ellery, Chautauqua county, New York, in 1819, 
died April 4, 1865, daughter of Darius and 
Desire (Marsh) Sumner. Children: i. Sarah 
Eliza, born December 10, 1840 ; married Charles 
E. Young, and resides at Point Chautauqua. 
2. Carrie A., born November 23, 1843 » niarried 
David H. Geddes, and resides at Knoxville, 
Tennessee. 3. Fayette G., born May 15, 1847; 
married Helen Olds; children: Mattie, Frank 
and Merton; Frank is the only living child. 
4. Charles Sumner, of further mention. 5. 
^lartha, bom March 27, 1854, died December 
4, 1865. 6. Emma C, married John L. Bag- 
ley, the present postmaster at Point Chau- 
tauqua (191 1 ). 7. Elsie E., for the past twen- 
ty-five years a teacher in the Jamestown high 
school. 8. Lizzie M., born May i, i860; mar- 
ried Daniel W. Levier ; children : Ethel, Will- 

iam and Lucy. Franklin Leet married (sec- 
ond), April II, 1867, Louisa, daughter of 
Festus Jones, of Ellery, New York; she died 
at the age of sixty-five years. Children: 9. 
George F., bom September 16, 1869; married 
Alma Scofield; children: Esther and Allan. 
10. Harriet L., born December 14, 1871 ; super- 
intendent of a department in the Cleveland 
Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio. 

(Vni) Charles Sumner, son of Franklin 
and Sally (Sumner) Leet, was bom at Dewitt- 
ville, now Point Chautauqua, New York, May 
14, 1 85 1. He was educated in the public 
schools of Dewittville and Mayville, and grew 
to early manhood on the farm. In 1870 he 
went to Mayville and began an apprenticeship 
at the trade of carpenter, but ill health com- 
pelled him to give this up and to return to the 
farm. He remained home until he was twen- 
ty-five, then, for two and one-half years, work- 
ed at milling for Amos K. Warren. In 1882 
he removed to Jamestown, where, for a year, 
he was engaged with Partridge & Breed, furni- 
ture dealers. For the next ten years he was 
engaged in the portrait business, then, for three 
years, was local and travelling salesman for 
James G. Smith, paper dealer. He was then, 
for one year, with the Jamestown Candy Com- 
pany: six years bookkeeper for the Johnson 
Ice & Coal Company, and one year for the 
Chautauqua Refrigerating Company. In 1910 
he became keeper of records of Jamestown 
Tent, No. 9, Knights of the Maccabees, with 
offices at No. loi East Third street. He has 
been a prominent member of that order for 
nineteen years, holding many offices of trust, 
including that of trustee for three tents that 
are now consolidated. He is an attendant of 
the Methodist Episcopal church, and a Repub- 
lican in politics. 

He married, October 29, 1873, at Ellery, 
New York, Lillian M. Haskins, born there, 
June 28, 1855, daughter of James and Amy 
Haskins. James Haskins died in 1885, aged 
seventy-five years. His wife Amy died April 
I, 1903, aged seventy- four years. Their chil- 
dren : Ira A., now of Denver, Colorado ; Hiram, 
of Cherry Creek, New York; Sarah C, de- 
ceased; Lillian M,, married Charles S. Leet. 
She is a member of the Daughters of Rebekah, 
past presiding officer of Lincoln Council, 
Daughters of Liberty, and commander of 
Jamestown Hive, Order of the Maccabees. 
Child: Jessie M., born April 11, 1878; gradu- 
ate of Jamestown high school ; married. Sep- 



tember 6, 1899, Arthur W. Davison; children: 
Floyd Arthur, bom September 6, 1903 ; Merle 
Leet, October 16, 1906. 

The family of Wilcox is of 
WILCOX Saxon origin, and was seated 

at Bury St. Edmunds, in the 
county of Suffolk, England, before the Nor- 
man Conquest (1066). Sir John Dugdale, in 
his visitation of the county of Suffolk, men- 
tions fifteen generations of this family previ- 
ous to 1600. In the reign of King Edward III. 
Sir John Wilcox was entrusted with several 
important commands against the French, and 
had command of the crossbowmen from Nor- 
folk, Suffolk and Essex. John William Wil- 
cox, of Bury Priory, in Suffolk, an eminent 
Queen's coun5el, was a representative of this 
ancient family. William Wilcox, who was 
chosen lieutenant-governor in the early times 
of the Massachusetts colony, was the first pf 
the name who is recorded on the list of the 
early officers. 

(I) John Wilcox was an original proprietor 
of Hartford, Connecticut, in 1639, and was 
surveyor of highways, 1642-44; juror, 1645; 
called senior in 1648, and selectman in 1649. 
He died before October, 1666, when his widow 
makes her will. He had three children : John, 
Ann, and another. 

(II) John (2), son of John (i) Wilcox, 
was born in England, and probably came to 
America with his father. After his second 
marriage he removed to Middletown. He died 
May 24, 1676, and, March i, 1677, the court 
ordered distribution of his estate. He married 
(first), September 17, 1646, Sarah, daughter 
of William Wadsworth. He married (second), 
January 18, 1650, Catherine Stoughton. He 
married (third) Mary, widow of John Farns- 
worth, of Dorchester, before that widow of 
a Mr. Long. He married (fourth) Esther, 
daughter of William Corn well. He had one 
child, Sarah, by wife Sarah; John, Thomas, 
Mary, Israel and Samuel by wife Catherine; 
and Ephraim, Esther and Mary by wife Esther. 

(III) Ephraim, son of John (2) and his 
fourth wife, Esther (Corn well) Wilcox, was 
born July 9, 1672. He removed to Middle- 
town, Connecticut. He married, August 23, 
1698, . Children : Esther, Eph- 
raim and John. 

(IV) John (3), son of Ephraim Wilcox, 
was born August 8, 17 — ; married Hannah 
, and lived in Middletown. Connecticut. 

Children: John, Samuel, Hezekiah, Joseph. 
Hannah ; Giles, of further mention ; Simeon, 
Submit, Comfort and Sarah. 

(V) Giles, son of John (3) and Hannah 
Wilcox, was born January 2, 1750. He mar- 
ried and had by his second wife: Johanna, 
Lucinda : Thomas Liffit, served in the war of 
1812 ; Wilbur, also served in that war ; Daniel : 
Samuel, of further mention. 

(V^I) Samuel, son of Giles Wilcox, was 
born in Litchfield county, Connecticut, July 
15, 1798; died at May ville, Chautauqua county. 
New York, January, 1873. He came to New 
York state in 1827, settling in the town of 
Villenova, Chautauqua county, but, after a 
short residence there, removed to Jamestown. 
Although a man of limited education he pos- 
sessed great natural ability, and, from boy- 
hood, had a wonderful capacity for adapting 
himself to existing circumstances and making 
the very most of his opportunities. He was, 
at one time, captain of the well-known lake 
steamer, "William H. Seward" ; served as con- 
stable and deputy sheriff ; was of unusual abil- 
ity as a collector of accounts, and was in con- 
stant demand for that purpose by the local 
merchants ; was, for several years, in the hotel 
business, having houses of entertainment at 
Jamestown, Mayville and North East Center, 
New York. He took an active part in local 
politics, and was an effective party worker. 
He had a wide acquaintance all over the county, 
and was held in high esteem. He married 
Ephaul Eckor, bom on a farm, near Russell, 
New York, in 1803; died at Mayville, New 
York, aged eighty-six years. She was of a 
Mohawk Valley family, of Dutch ancestry, and 
had brothers : Henry, Peter and John ; sisters : 
Peggy and Betsey, twins. 

(VII) Captain Alfred Wilcox, son of Sam- 
uel and Ephaul (Eckor) Wilcox, was born in 
Villenova, Chautauqua county, New York, May 
8, 1829. He was educated in the public schools 
of Mayville and Jamestown, and began his 
long and active business life on his father's 
steamer, the "William H. Seward," having the 
restaurant privilege. He continued two years, 
then went to school again for a short time, to 
complete his education. He then returned to 
the lake, and, for forty years, was engaged as 
owner and captain of lake boats. In 1854 he 
built his first boat. In 1863, in association with 
James and T. Howell, he built the side-wheel 
steamer "Chautauqua No. 2." After a year or 
two she was sold to other parties, and, in An- 




gust, 1871, while taking '*wood" at "Whitney's 
Point," her boiler exploded, killing eight per- 
sons and wounding several more. In 1867 the 
steamer "Post Boy" appeared on the lake. She 
was soon after purchased by Alfred Wilcox, 
who altered her build, and rechristened her the 
'*A. R. Tew." In 1869 she was destroyed by 
fire. Later, in association with others, he built 
a three-deck steamer, "The Mayville," one hun- 
dred and fifty feet keel and forty-two feet 
beam, with a carrying capacity of twenty-two 
hundred passengers. This and "The James- 
town" were the two largest boats on Lake 
Chautauqua. Captain W^ilcox also built the 
"W. B. Shattock," now known as the "Pitts- 
burg," and, for forty years, was the best known 
captain on the lake. After abandoning active 
participation in lake navigation he engaged 
quite extensively in the real estate business, and 
has large holdings in Jamestown and vicinity, 
also considerable property at Melburn Beach, 
Florida. He built the Wilcox block, a three- 
story brick block, at 174 Fairmount avenue, 
and another at 183. Despite his years he gives 
personal attention to his affairs and is a man 
of influence in his city. He is a member of 
the Baptist church, of Jamestown, and a lib- 
eral contributor to the building fund of other 
churches in the city. In politics he is a Demo- 

Captain Wilcox married (first), March 10, 
1850, Maryett Barton, bom March 9, 1835, 
died March, 1895, daughter of William and 
Louisa (Ellsworth) Barton. Children: i. One 
died in infancy. 2. Ida L., born February 11, 
1859; married Captain George J. Cornell, of 
Mayville ; child, John L. Captain Wilcox mar- 
ried (second) Clara Honneysett, born at May- 
ville, New York, daughter of James (2) and 
Ellen (West) Honneysett. James (i) Honney- 
sett came from England, February 18, 1826. 
and settled at Mayville, New York. 

The Gron family of Jamestown are 
GRON of Swedish birth and parentage. 

Andrew Gron, the founder, was 
bom in Sweden, and came to the United States 
with his wife and seven children, settling in 
the town of Busti, Chautauqua county. New 
York, in 1850. He purchased a small farm, on 
the plank road north of Mayville, which he 
cleared and cultivated, residing thereon until 
his death, at the age of seventy years. He was 
a Lutheran in religion, and a man of industry 
and thrift. He married Mary Simpson, born 

April I, 181 1, died February 2, 1897. Chil- 
dren : Caroline, married and removed to Ohio ; 
Louisa, married J. S. Westbury; Charles, of 
Lakewood, a veteran of the civil war; Fred- 
erick A., see forward ; Augusta, married Ben- 
jamin Brown ; Christina, married Nelson Stan- 
ton; Hannah, married Arthur A. Amidon, of 
Jamestown ; two sons died in infancy. 

( II) Frederick A., son of Andrew and Mary 
(Simpson) Gron, was born near Stockholm, 
Sweden, January 26, 1841 ; died November 9, 
1904, and is buried in Lakeview cemetery. He 
came to the United States with his parents, 
and, until of age, lived with Ira Young, of 
Busti. In October, 1861, he enlisted in Com- 
pany F, Ninth Regiment, New York Cavalry, 
and saw three years of hard service. When 
his term expired he reenlisted, and served until 
the close of the war. His brother Charles 
served in the same company and regiment. They 
were both good soldiers and fought bravely for 
their adopted country. After the war the 
brothers settled in Jamestown, New York, and. 
for twenty-four years, were engaged in the 
livery business together. They were thrifty, 
successful business men and accumulated con- 
siderable property, including city holdings, a 
farm of one hundred acres near the city limits, 
and a brick block and residence on Spring 
street. All property was held jointly until the 
dissolution of partnership, when an equitable 
division was made. Frederick A. Gron was a 
Republican in politics, and a member of the 
Lutheran church. He was a just man, deyoted 
to his family, and highly regarded as a busi- 
ness man and a neighbor. 

He married, at Jamestown, March 21, 1871, 
Caroline M. Peterson, bom in Sweden, Sep- 
tember I, 1848, daughter of Andrew and Mary 
Christina Peterson. Children, all born in James- 
town: I. Mabel, born April 16, 1872; married 
Charles Parks: children: Marjorie and Fred- 
erick Gron. 2. Bertha May, born July 4, 1874; 
graduate of Jamestown hi^h school, 1893; ^^^ 
a teacher in public school No. i. 3. Edna, born 
May 13, 1882 ; graduated from the high school, 
1902, and taught, for one year, in the James- 
town public school; in June, 191 1, she married 
Herman Paquin, a grocer in Jamestown. 

The name Hunt is from the Saxon 
HUNT word, "hunti," a wolf. The names. 

Hunt, Hunte, Hunter, Hunting, 
Huntting, Huntington, Hunton and Huntley, 
all have Jhe same origin. Hundt, Huntus, 



Hontus, Hunding, Hundings and Huntingas 
are other old forms of this patronymic. The 
arms of one branch of the Hunt family is 
per pale, argent and sable, a saltire, counter- 
charged. Crest, a lion's head, erased, per pale, 
argent and sable collared, gules, lined and ring- 
ed, or. The crest, in the early days of the 
Hunt family, was always a wolf's head. 

One of the first names, of whom any record 
exists, was Adam le Hunt, who lived at Not- 
tingham, England, in 1295. Ralphe le Hunt, 
who refused the offer of knighthood, lived in 
the fourteenth century. In the time of Henry 
Vni. a Henry Hunte lived in Yorkshire. 

This branch of the Hunt family in America 
is supposed to spring from one of the younger 
sons of Thomas Hunt, of Shrewsbury, Eng- 
land, son of Richard Hunt, bailiff of Shrews- 
bury, in 1613. Thomas Hunt was high sheriff 
of Shropshire, in 1656, and a colonel in the 
service of parliament. He died 1669. Thomas 
Hunt, of Rye, removed to West Chester, New 
York, where he purchased the Grove Farm, 
which was patented to him by Governor Nich- 
ols, December 4, 1667. His will is dated Octo- 
ber 6, 1694. He married Elizabeth, daughter 
of Edward Jessup. Children : Thomas, of fur- 
ther mention ; Josiah, a trustee of the town of 
Winchester ; Joseph ; John ; Abigail, married 
John Pinckney. 

(H) Thomas (2), son of Thomas (i) Hunt, 
of Grove Farm, West Chester, New York, was 
a trustee of the freehold and commonalty of 
the town of West Chester, in 1692. He mar- 
ried and has sons: Thomas, Augustus, Lewis, 
Robert, and a daughter Abigail. 

(HI) Thomas (3), son of Thomas (2) 
Hunt, was known as Thomas, of Hunt's Point. 
He married Sarah Ward. Children: Thomas 
(4), born 1727; Jesse, of further mention; 
Ward, of East Chester. 

(IV) Jesse, son of Thomas (3) Hunt, was 
high sheriff of Westchester county. New York, 
and proprietor of Hunter's Island. He mar- 
ried a Miss Staples. Children : Captain Thomas, 
Lieutenant Jesse, Samuel, and a daughter. 

(V) Samuel, son of Jesse Hunt, was born 
in West Chester, New York, about 1750. He 
served in the revolution, as private of the First 
Regiment, Westchester county militia, under 
Colonel Joseph Drake. After the war was over 
he lived in Ehitchess county, later in Columbia 
county. He married Margaret Currier, and 
had issue. 

(VI) Stephen, son of Samuel Hunt, mar- 

ried Bridget Sprague. Children: Lucy, bom 
December 28, 1788; Jasper, August 20, 1790, 
died October 29, 1791 ; Elvin, of further men- 
tion; Gibson, June 24, 1794; Amy, November 
27, 1796; Amelia, November 9, 1798; Thomas, 
April 21, 1801 (whose sketch follows) ; David, 
May 18, 1804; Margaret, February 28, 1807, 
died September 28, 1889; Mary, August 19, 
1809; Thankful, March 10, 1812. 

(VII) Elvin, son of Stephen Hunt, was bom 
July 15, 1792, died 1871. He came to Chau- 
tauqua county from Washington county. New 
York, where his parents lived near the eastern 
boundary. Elvin and his brother Thomas were 
famous makers of axe helves, ox yokes and 
farm tools, made of wood. Elvin was an ex- 
cellent worker in wood, having great natural 
mechanical genius. His goods were in great 
demand for their excellence, and the brothers 
were kept busily engaged supplying the de- 
mand. So great was the reputation of Hunt's 
goods that they always commanded the highest 
prices. Such goods now are of secondary im- 
portance, but, in those days, a good axe helve, 
yoke or other wooden tool was of great value 
and eagerly sought for. Elvin Hunt married 
Sylvia Lee. Children: Anthony, of James- 
town, deceased ; Stephen, of Ellicott, deceased ; 
George, never married ; Jasper, of Jamestown, 
deceased, married Lavilla Sherman; John L., 
of further mention; Reuben, of Jamestown, 
deceased, married Eveline Bailey, and has one 
son, Fred C, of Jamestown ; Desire, deceased, 
married Samuel Bratt; Bridget, died unmar- 
ried ; Amelia, deceased, married Edward Taft, 

(VIII) John Lee, son of Elvin Hunt, was 
born in Washington county. New York, April 
12, 1830, died June 7, 1874. He was well edu- 
cated, and followed the calling of an agricul- 
turist all his life. He was a great lover of 
fine horses, and was an expert handler and 
driver. He owned a small farm in Ellicott, 
now Jamestown, west side, near the boat land- 
ing. He was a Republican in politics. He 
married Aurilla Nelson, bom November 21, 
1833, daughter of George and Julia (Wake- 
field) Nelson, died July 23, 1904. Children: i. 
George E., born November 25, 1854; for the 
past twenty years has been engaged in the 
livery business at Falconer, Chautauqua county. 
New York; he married Lizzie Loucks; chil- 
dren : John Lee and (jeorge E. (2). 2. Frank, 
of further mention. 3. Kate, died in infancy. 
4. William H., bora November 18, 1868; now 
a resident of Jamestown, New York : married 



Alice Oddy (or Eddy) ; child, Charles Donald. 
5. Corydon H., born July 28, 1870, died Febru- 
ary 22, 1872. 

(IX) Frank, second son of John Lee Hunt, 
was born in the town of Ellicott, Chautauqua 
county, New York (his birthplace now within 
the corporate limits of the city of Jamestown), 
January 28, 1857. He was reared on the home 
farm, where he early developed the great love 
for horses and other animals that has been one 
of the ruling characteristics of his life. He 
was educated in the primary, intermediate and 
high schools of Jamestown, and remained at 
home until the death of his father. He then 
purchased the home farm, in association with 
his brother, George E. He finally abandoned 
agriculture, and, for two years, worked for 
S. E. Millspaugh, at the insurance business. 
In 1885 he entered the Ontario Veterinary Col- 
lege, at Toronto, Canada, whence he was gradu- 
ated Doctor of Veterinary Surgery, in 1887. 
He then returned to Jamestown, where he 
opened an office and began the practice of his 
profession. His practice grew rapidly, causing 
his removal to more spacious quarters. The 
press of business became so great that he form- 
ed a partnership with Dr. Frank G. Shepard, 
state veterinarian, which still continues. Their 
hospital, the largest in the city, is well equipped 
for veterinary work, and accommodates all 
classes of animal patients. The firm's offices 
are at 214 Washington street. Dr. Hunt owns 
a fine farm of one hundred and thirty-four 
acres, in the town of Harmony, which he pur- 
chased in 1902. He is a member of the Benev- 
olent and Protective Order of Elks, and of the 
Knights of Maccabees. He is a Unitarian in 
religious faith, and a Democrat in politics, al- 
though, for many years, he was affiliated with 
the Republican party. 

He married (first), September 23, 1887, ^^ 
Jamestown, Kate L. Crosby, born in the town 
of Poland, Chautauqua county, April 15, 1854, 
died June 19, 1895, daughter of Eliakim and 
Angeline (Emory) Crosby. She was a woman 
of fine education and unusual talent. She 
taught, for thirteen years, in the schools of 
Jamestown, including the higher branches of 
the high school. She was a member of the 
Unitarian church, and a woman of pure Chris- 
tian life. He married (second), in Jamestown, 
May 20, 1903, Charlotte Bertha Wing, bom at 
Naples, Ontario county, New York, July 25, 
1 87 1, daughter of Pratt and Helen Bertha 
(Jones) Wing. She was engaged in the millin- 

ery business. She is a member of the Meth- 
odist Episcopal church, and a lady held in the 
highest esteem. 

(VH) Thomas (4) Hunt, seventh 
HUNT child and fourth son of Stephen 

(q. V.) and Bridget (Sprague) 
Hunt, was born April 21, 1801, died in Chau- 
tauqua county. New York, at the advanced age 
of eighty-eight years. His parents lived in 
Washington county. New York, near the east- 
ern boundary line. In 1830, in company with 
his brother Elvin, he came to Chautauqua 
county, settling in the town of Busti, on a farm. 
The old log house in which he lived is yet 
standing. Thomas and Elvin were both expert 
woodworkers, and famed in their day for the 
superiority of their ox yokes, axe helves and 
other wooden tools used in that day. Little 
importance now is attached to such tools, but 
then they were in great demand, and those 
made by the Hunts were deemed the very best. 
Thomas was also a farmer and owned his own 
land. He was held in high regard by his neigh- 
bors, among whom he lived for over half a 
century. He married Lucy Nelson, born March 
15, 1802, died January 23, 1872. Children: 
Eliza, deceased ; Cornelius, of further mention ; 
Charles, of Jamestown ; Laura, deceased ; Cal- 
vin, of Jamestown ; Stephen ; Mary, deceased ; 
Wilson, died in childhood. 

(VHI) Cornelius, eldest son of Thomas (4) 
and Lucy (Nelson) Hunt, was born in the 
town of Cambridge, Washington county. New 
York, May tt], 1827. He was a child of three 
years when his parents came to Chautauqua 
county. He attended the district school when 
a boy, but, at the age of twelve years, began 
working in the woods and in the shop, cutting 
pine logs and making oak staves, taking up, at 
that early age, a man's work. At the age of 
eighteen years he began working on the farm 
of William H. Tew, remaining fifteen months, 
receiving ten dollars monthly for his services. 
He next worked for Abram Martin, of Kian- 
tone, continuing until he was twenty-one, when 
he married and began housekeeping in James- 
town. He worked in the rake factory, and 
later in the furniture factory, as a finisher, 
continuing twenty-seven years. He purchased 
thirty-four acres of land, lying within the cor- 
poration limits, and, from time to time, erected 
dwellings thereon, also doing a profitable real 
estate business. He has now been a resident 
of Jamestown over sixty years, and is one of 



the well-known, highly respected men of that 
city, as well as one of the very oldest living 
residents. He is a Republican in politics, and, 
for twelve years, served as a member of the 
board of health. For over half a century he 
has been an active devoted member of the 
Methodist Episcopal church, which he has 
served as steward, class leader and trustee. 

He married, January i, 1848, Clarinda A. 
Hanchett, bom 1829, died 1910. She is buried 
in Lakeview cemetery, by the side of her 
daughter Cora, in the Hunt-Meredith lot, where 
a suitable monument marks her resting place. 
Children: Grace, died aged nine years; Olive, 
died aged six years; Cora, born May 15, 1856, 
died August 19, 1880, she married Jackson C. 
Meredith, born January 17, 1847, di^^ January 
i8, 1899. 

Mr. Hunt, since the death of his wife, has 
made his home with the Brainard Taylor Hark- 
ness family, of Jamestown. Mr. Harkness is 
a grandson of Jacob and a son of Henderson 
Harkness, born at Granville, New York ; mar- 
ried Sarah, daughter of William Bishop ; chil- 
dren: Julia, Brainard T., Edward, Sarah and 
William. Brainard T. Harkness was born in 
Salem, Washington county, New York, July 
3, 1845. He was educated in the public schools 
and at Salem Academy. He learned the trade 
of blacksmith, which he has followed up to the 
present date (1911). Since 1880 he has been 
in the employ of the Hall Company, at James- 
town, New York. He is a veteran of the civil 
war, having enlisted, December 26, i86i, in 
Company D, Fourth Regiment, New York 
Heavy Artillery. He saw hard and continu- 
ous service with the hard-fought Army of the 
Potomac, participated in many of the historic 
battles of the war, escaping injury until May 
19, 1864, when he received a severe wound 
which incapacitated him from further service. 
He is a Republican, and past commander of 
James M. Brown Post, Grand Army of the 
Republic (serving in 1907). 

He married, February 10, 1875, at James- 
town, Effie Belle Tefft, born there, October 3, 
1850, daughter of Benjamin Franklin Tefft, 
a veteran of the civil war, Company E, Twenty- 
first Regiment. New York Cavalry, ranking as 
sergeant. Mr. Tefft married Harriet Melinda 
Hanchett. Children : Frank, Effie B. and Theo- 
dore. Children of Brainard Taylor Harkness : 
I. Louis Tefft, born March 12, 1877; superin- 
tenfient of the Empire Voting Machine Com- 

pany ; he married Myrtle M. Guild. 2. Harriet 
Melinda, born April 12, 1878; educated James- 
town high school ; resides at home. 

The family of this name is of 

BROWN that splendid Scotch race that 
has made its impress for moral- 
ity and progress in every land which has been 
opened up to civilization, and its members are 
found in every honorable walk in life. 

(I) Major James Brown, paternal grand- 
father of Donald S. Brown, was a native of 
Scotland, where he died at an advanced age. 
He served in the British army, and attained 
the rank of major. He married Margaret Mc- 
Conochie, by whom he had three children, two 
of whom lived to maturity — Colonel James M., 
of whom further, and Flora, who remained in 

(H) Colonel James Malcolm Brown, son of 
Major James Brown, was born November 24. 
1825, in Woolwich, the principal military depot 
in England, his father then being there on duty. 
He received his early education in Scotch 
schools, and was subsequently sent to a Scotch 
university, where he studied pharmacy. His 
enterprising spirit being awakened to the possi- 
bilities open in the United States, he came here 
in the fall of 1844. The war 'with Mexico was 
then impending, and his inherent military spirit 
led him to enlist, in January, 1845, •" Company 
A, Fourth Regiment, United States Infantry, 
in which was serving Lieutenant (afterwards 
General) U. S. Grant, and that young officer 
and young Brown became well acquainted, and, 
for some time, shared the same tent. Mr. 
Brown's knowledge of medicine having become 
known he was soon appointed hospital steward, 
and was afterward promoted to the rank of 
assistant surgeon. He served in all the battles 
of General Taylor's army until his regiment 
was detached to join General Scott, under 
whom he participated in all the battles and 
operations from Vera Cruz to the Mexican 
capital. After peace was restored Surgeon 
Brown was stationed at P'ort Mackinac until 
January 22, i8^o, when he resigned. 

I^ocating in Detroit, Michigan, he read law, 
was admitted to the bar, and practiced his pro- 
fession until 1853, when he removed to James- 
town, New York. He there resumed law prac- 
tice, anrl also took an active interest in mili- 
tary matters, serving with the Lowry Light 
Guard, Company B. Sixty-eighth Regiment, 



New York Militia, as captain. He was among the 
first to respond to President Lincoln's call for 
troops, after Fort Sumter had been fired upon. 
He recruited and organized Company B, Sev- 
enty-second Regiment, New York Volunteer 
Infantry (first known as the Third Regiment, 
Sickle's Excelsior Brigade), and was elected 
captain. May 28 he left, with his company, 
for Camp Scott, Staten Island, where he was 
mustered into the service of the United States. 
He resigned his captaincy, November 5, 1861, 
in order to organize the One Hundredth Regi- 
ment, New York Volunteers, of which he was 
commissioned colonel. This regiment became 
a part of the **Eagle Brigade," and, under com- 
mand of Colonel Brown, participated in the 
campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, from 
the siege of Yorktown to the battle of Seven 
Pines, or Fair Oaks, where he fell at its head, 
May 31, 1862. His body was never recovered. 
He was a soldier of peerless courage, and a 
most efficient officer. Hf fell in defence of 
the liberties of his adopted country, and left a 
record of which it may be justly proud. His 
name is maintained in honor by James M. 
Brown Post, No. 285, Grand Army of the Re- 
public, and his memory will live through all 
time in the annals of his town, county arfd 

Colonel Brown married, at Detroit, Michi- 
gan, January 15, 1852, Charlotte Cook, born at 
Argyle, Washington county, New York, in 
1825, daughter of Dr. Robert and Elizabeth 
(Sutherland) Cook. Children: i. Robert, born 
October, 1852, died June 6, 1854. 2. Donald 
Sutherland, of further mention. 3. Edward 
Cook, bom August 28, 1856, died February 11, 
1907. 4. Augustus Franklin Allen, born De- 
cember 23, 1858, died January 26, 1898. 5. 
Malcolm James, born June, 1861, died July, 

(Ill) Donald Sutherland, son of Colonel 
James Malcolm and Charlotte (Cook) Brown, 
was born at Jamestown, Chautauqua county. 
New York, September 24, 1854. His early 
education was obtained under the instruction 
of Miss Calista Jones and Emerson Sterns, at 
district school No. i. He then entered James- 
town Academy, under Rev. Rufus King, con- 
tinuing until the establishment of the James- 
town Union School and Collegiate Institute, 
from which he was graduated with the class of 
1874. He then entered the University of Ro- 
chester, Rochester, New York, from whence he 
graduated in the class of 1878. In 1880 he began 

the study of law at Jamestown, under the pre- 
ceptorship of Bootey & Fowler. He was ad- 
mitted to the bar at Buffalo, 1883, practiced 
until 1896, then abandoned the law and sub- 
sequently took up the pursuit of agriculture, 
which he still continues (191 1). Mr. Brown 
takes no active part in politics, is independent 
in thought, and usually acts with the Repub- 
lican party. He was reared in the Presbyterian 
faith, but is not a member of any denomina- 

During the war with Spain he enlisted in 
Company E, Sixty-fifth Regiment, New York 
Volunteer Infantry, serving as corporal from 
May I to November 19, 1898. On June 9, 
1 89 1, he entered the Thirteenth Separate Com- 
pany, now Company E, Sixty-fifth Regiment, 
New York National Guard, and has served 
continuously, including the war with Spain, up 
to the present date (1911), now ranking as 
first sergeant. He is a member of Samuel M. 
Porter Camp, No. 45, United Spanish War 
Veterans, of which he was adjutant three years, 
and is now senior vice-commander. Is also 
past commander of James Hall Camp, No. 1 1 1, 
Sons of V^eterans. Mr. Brown is unmarried. 

On his maternal side Donald S. Brown is 
descended from the Cooks. His great-grand- 
father, Thomas Cook, was born in county Cork, 
Ireland, in 1747, arrived in New York in De- 
cember, 1764, and became one of the pioneer 
settlers of Washington county. New York, 
where he died. He served in the American 
army during the revolutionary war. He was a 
Covenanter in religious belief. H« married 
Mary Ann Mehon, who bore him eight chil- 
dren, one of whom was Dr. Robert Cook, born 
in Lansingburg, New York, in September, 
1775; served as surgeon in the war of 1812: 
married Elizabeth Sutherland; daughter of 
Major Sutherland, who served in the British 
army during the war of 1812. Dr. Cook prac- 
ticed medicine in Argyle, Washington county, 
for forty years, then practiced, for some time, 
in New York City, and, in 1854, came to 
lamc.stown, where he died. 

The name of Towne, Town and 
TOWNE Towns, as it is sometimes spell- 
ed, is not one of frequent occur- 
rence. It may, however, be foimd here and 
there, generally in communities of Anglo-Saxon 
derivation. The earliest record at hand is of 
A. D. 1274. when William de la Towne, of 
Alvely, a village of Shropshire, England, was 



engaged in prosecuting a suit at law against 
one of the officers of the parish, and, the next 
year, was serving on a jury at Astley. The 
next record is one hundred and forty years 
later, in the reign of Henry IV., when, upon 
the windows of the church at Kennington, 
Kent county, impaled with that of Ellis, of the 
same place, were the arms of a family by 
name Towne, being: "Argent on a chevron 
sable, three cross-crosslets ermine." Thomas 
et Towne, who at this time possessed much 
land about Charing and who bore the same 
coat-of-arms, married Benedict a, only daugh- 
ter of John Brampton, alias Detling, of Detling 
Court, and thereby inherited a manor in Throw- 
ley, where he removed and erected a seat one- 
quarter of a mile from the church, which he 
named "Towne Place." 

The next reference to the name is in the 
county of Lincoln, where it has existed over 
four hundred years. In A. D. 1459 William 
Towne, D. D., was collated (became the clergy- 
man) at Stow, in Lindsay, and, in 1470, was 
appointed almoner to King Henry VI. In old 
age he accepted an income from the parish, 
and he died in 1496. In 1470 John Towne, Pro- 
fessor of Divinity, was precentor of Lincoln, 
and, in 1473, prebend of Dunholme. John 
Towne, of Isby county, of Lincoln, made his 
will 1540. John Towne, of Ludborough, made 
his will in 1637, naming sons: Leonard, John 
and William. 

The earliest the name is found in America 
is in 1635, when William Towne was an in- 
habitant of Cambridge, Massachusetts. He 
was made a freeman, February 2, 1637; was 
town clerk in 1639; purchased land at Cam- 
bridge in 1653 ; was tythingman in 1680 ; died 
April 30, 1685, aged eighty years. Amount of 
his estate was One hundred and eighteen pounds 
thirteen shillings six pence. His wife, Martha, 
died in January, 1674. 

The ancestor of the American family, herein 
recorded, is William Towne, of whose birth- 
place or parentage nothing can be told, though 
he may have been the son of Richard and Ann 
Towne, of Braceby, Lincolnshire, England. 
The earliest positive information of him is at 
Yarmouth, Norfolkshire, where, in the church 
of St. Nicholas, on March 25, 1620, he mar- 
ried Joanna Blessing, and there six of their 
children were bom. He next appears at Salem, 
Massachusetts, where "11-8 mo., 1640, granted 
to William Towne a little neck of land right 
over against his house on the other side of the 

river." He remained in Salem until 165 1, 
when he purchased a tract of forty acres at the 
newly incorporated town of Topsfield. In 1652 
he sold his property in Salem and purchased 
additional property in Topsfield. In 1663 he 
and his wife conveyed to son Joseph, "in con- 
sideration of natural affection and the contem- 
plated marriage of their sonne Joseph Towne 
to Phebe Perkins," two-thirds "of the home 
wherein they did dwell" and other property. 
He died about 1672, and, from the final settle- 
ment of the estate of his widow, she seems to 
have survived him about ten years. Children : 
I. Rebecca, born February 21, 1621 ; married 
Francis Nurse ; she was executed at Salem, in 
1692, as a witch, as was her sister Mary, her 
sister Sarah escaping with her life. 2. John, 
February 16, 1623. 3. Susanna, October 20, 
1625. 4. Edmund, of further mention. 5. 
Jacob, married Catherine Symonds. 6. Mary, 
executed at Salem, 1692. Children baptized at 
Salem: 7. Sarah, married (first), January 11, 
1660, Edward Bridges ; married (second) Peter 
Cloyes ; she suffered terrible persecution, with 
her sisters, at the hands of the fanatical Puri- 
tans, but did not lose her life. 8. Joseph, born 
about 1639. 

(II) Edmund, son of William and Joanna 
(Blessing) Towne, was baptized at Yarmouth, 
Norfolk county, England, June 28, 1628 ; died 
at Topsfield, Massachusetts, prior to May 3, 
1678, the date of the inventory of his estate. 
He came to Massachusetts with his parents, 
and after the removal from Salem to Topsfield 
continued his residence there all his life. He 
was a member of a committee from Topsfield, 
who, in 1675, presented a petition to the gen- 
eral court for leave to form military companies 
to protect the inhabitants from the Indians 
while at work. He married Mary, daughter 
of Thomas Browning. Her will was proved 
December 16, 1717. Children: i. Mary. 2. 
Thomas, bom in Topsfield, 1655 ; was in Cap- 
tain Lothrop's company, at Hatfield, August 
12, 1675, 2ind may have been one of the very 
few of that company, numbering eighty-eight 
men, who escaped from the fatal encounter 
with the Indians, at the battle of "Bloody 
Brook," September 18, 1675 ; he married Sarah 
French. 3. Sarah, born April 26, 1657 J car- 
ried a Mr. Pritchett. 4. William, of further 
mention. 5. Joseph, bom September 2, 1661 ; 
married Amy Smith. 6. Abigail, bom August 
6, 1664; married Jacob Peabody. 7. Benjamin, 
born May 26, 1666. 8. Rebecca, born Febru- 



ary 2, 1668 ; married a Mr. Knight. 9. Eliza- 
beth, born November 2, 1669 ; married Thomas 
Wilkins. 10. Samuel, bom February 11, 1673 ; 
married Elizabeth Knight. 

(III) William (2), son of Edmund and 
Mary (Browning) Towne, was born at Tops- 
field, Massachusetts, March 13, 1659. He 

married (first) Eliza , who was the 

mother of several children, all of whom died 
in infancy. He married (second), August 22, 
1694, Margaret, widow of John Willard, who 
had been executed at Salem about two years 
previous, during the witchcraft delusion. Chil- 
dren of second wife : Mary, born July 3, 1695 ; 
William, died in infancy; William (2), Febru- 
ary 25, 1699; Isaac, of further mention; Icha- 
boid, February 18, 1703; Jeremiah, May 27, 
1705, married Elizabeth ; Deborah, Au- 
gust 16, 1707, married J. Kenny; Mercy, Sep- 
tember 19, 1709, married John Towne Jr.; 
Keziah, February 9, 171 5, married Robert Fitz, 
of Sutton, November 9, 1739. 

(IV) Isaac, son of William (2) and Mar- 
garet (Willard) Towne, was born at Tops- 
field, April 10, 1 701 ; died at Sutton, Massa- 
chusetts, where the estate of his widow was 
settled in 1796. He married, January 7, 1738, 
Lydia Estey. Children: Lydia, born April 5, 
1739, married, June 2, 1767, Robert Fitz ; Isaac, 
August 4, 1 741 ; Asa, of further mention ; 

(V) Asa, son of Isaac and Lydia (Estey) 
Towne, was born in Topsfield, Massachusetts, 
December 2, 1743. He was married in Suttoq, 
Massachusetts, and had several children born 
there; later he removed to Connecticut. He 
married, February 11, 1761, a kinswoman, 
Eunice Towne, who died November 9, 1806. 
Children, born in Sutton: Eunice, baptized 
February, 1762; Dorcas, baptized January 9, 
1764; Eunice, baptized September 28, 1766; 
Anna, baptized April 29, 1769; Asa, of fur- 
ther mention. 

(VI) Asa (2), son of Asa (i) and Eunice 
(Towne) Towne, was born about 1770. He 
married and had issue, including a son Francis. 

(VII) Francis, son of Asa (2) Towne, was 
a native of Connecticut, died at the age of 
seventy-five years. He was a member of the 
Methodist Episcopal church, and a man of 
good repute. He owned a farm of one hun- 
dred and forty acres in the town of Arkwright, 
Chautauqua county, New York, where much 

of his life was spent. He married Sallie Cobb, 
7— w 

a native of Connecticut. Children: Hiram, 
deceased ; Warren, of further mention ; Charles, 
deceased; Joel, deceased; Thomas, deceased; 
Albert, deceased ; Sebia, married Welcome. Pat- 
terson; Viola, married Porter Turner; three 
children who died young. 

(VIII) Warren, second son of Francis and 
Sallie (Cobb) Towne, was bom February 9, 
1833, d*^d January 17, I910. He was educated 
in the public schools, and grew up on the old 
homestead in Chautauqua county, where his 
after life was spent. He was a devoted mem- 
ber of the Methodist Episcopal church, which 
he served as steward and class leader. He 
lived a just and upright life and his death was 
deeply regretted. He is buried in Abbey ceme- 
tery. He married, at Villenova, New York, 
September 7, 1859, Mary A. Ward, botn May 
7, 1837, daughter of Warren and Harriet (Hal- 
stead) Ward. She survives her husband, a 
resident of Forestville, Chautauqua county. 
Like her husband, she is a faithful member of 
the Methodist Episcopal church. Warren Ward, 
a farmer and carpenter, died May 24, 1877, 
aged seventy-five years. His wife, Harriet 
(Halstead) Ward, is living in 191 1, aged nine- 
ty-six years, daughter of Joel and Sarah Hal- 
stead. Children: Florclla, married Horace 
Towne; Gerry Clinton, died in Howard City, 
Michigan ; Mary A., married Warren Towne ; 
Fenner E., of Nashville, New York. Children 
of Warren and Mary A. Towne: i. Erving A., 
born May 24, 1863 ; married Rena Vinton. 2. 
Morris E., of further mention. 3. Burton L., 
born September 4, 1868 ; married Cora Henry ; 
children : Blanche, Nina E. and Warren C. 4. 
Ethel M., bom May 20, 1877 ; married Gard- 
ner S. Mansfield; children: Gladys L., Ruth 
M., Robert L. and Doris L. 

(IX) Morris E., second son of Warren and 
Mary A. (Ward) Towne, was born in the town 
of Arkwright, Chautauqua county, New York, 
October 30, 1865. He was educated in the 
public schools, and spent his early life on the 
home farm. On arriving at manhood he pur- 
chased a small farm at Arkwright Center, and 
dealt extensively in live stock. He conducted 
business in Fredonia, New York, where, for 
ten years, he was engaged in speculating in 
horses and cattle. In 1895 he came to James- 
town, and, for one year, ojjerated a meat 
market. Later, until 1906, he was employed as 
a traveling salesman by Himebaugh Brothers, 
manufacturers of furniture, of Jamestown. In 



the year last named he organized the M. E. 
Towne Furniture Company, with plant on 
Holmes street, Jamestown, which he purchased. 
He is there transacting a very large and profit- 
able business in house furnishings. He erected 
his present elegant house, in Jamestown, in 
1900. He is a member of the Methodist Epis- 
copal church, and a Republican in politics, tak- 
ing an active interest in the welfare of his 
party, and has served as a member of the 
county committee. He is a member of Mt. 
Moriah Lodge, No. 145, Free and Accepted 
Masons, and Western Sun Chapter, Royal Arch 
Masons, both of Jamestown. 

He married, January i, 1885, at Villenova, 
New York, Effie E., born March 2, 1867, 
daughter of Harrison and Ellen (Putney) 
Sharp. She was educated in the public schools 
and Forestville Academy. Previous to her 
marriage she taught in the schools of Villenova, 
Ball Hill and Pope Hill. She is a member of 
the Methodist Episcopal church and active in 
the work of the church societies. Harrison 
Sharp, son of Peter and Polly Sharp, was born 
at Hanover, Chautauqua county. New York. 
January 19, 1836, died February 21, 1907. He 
was a farmer of the town of Villenova, Chau- 
tauqua county, and much interested in church 
and Sunday school work. He was a Meth- 
odist, as were his parents. His father died at 
the age of eighty years, his mother at seventy- 
five. He was a Republican and served his town 
as assessor. 

He married (first) Sallie Putney, Septem- 
ber 30, 1857; she died January 22, 1861, leav- 
ing a son. Fred D. Sharp, who died October 
18, 1901 ; married Lizzie Kenner ; children : 
Floyd E., Morton Ray, Anna L., Florence and 
Elton. Harrison Sharp married (second) 
Ellen Putney, a sister of his first wife, born 
May 14, 1846, who survives him. Children: 
Effie E., married Morris E. Towne; Curtis M.. 
married Latha Dykeman ; Clair D. (deceased), 
married Edna Hiller; Bessie May, married 
Edward Lilly. Children of Morris E. and 
Effie E. Towne: i. Alta Mae, born at Ark- 
wright, May 18, 1887; graduate of Jamestown 
high school, class of 1906; married, August 30, 
1910, Oscar C. Johnson, manager of the Reli- 
ance Clothing House, of Jamestown. 2. Jessie 
Allene, born January 10, 1901, at Jamestown, 
New York. 3. Mildred Alberta, bom in James- 
town, September i. loai. 

The Bush family is of ancient Eng- 

BUSH lish origin. The first pioneer of 
the family in this country was Ran- 
dolph or Reynold Bush, who was a proprietor 
of Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1641. He 
mortgaged land there in 1644, and redeemed it 
in 1657. He doubtless removed soon after- 
ward to Connecticut. 

(I) Jonathan Bush, probably a son of Ran- 
dolph Bush, was born in 1650, died in 1739. 
He was one of the early settlers of Enfield, 
Connecticut, and his name appears on the rec- 
ords as early as 1680. He owned the fourth 
lot, on the west side, at the upper end of the 
town, and afterwards lived north of Fresh- 
water. He married Sarah . Children, 

born at Enfield : Jonathan, mentioned below : 
John, born November 22, 1685, died young; 
Sarah, married, in 17 18. Benjamin Sittan, and 
settled at Somers, Connecticut, formerly part 
of Enfield: Daniel, born November 13, 1689; 
Ebenezer, August 19, 1692 ; Caleb, December 
27, 1697: Sarah, September 2T, 1699. 

(H) Jonathan (2), son of Jonathan (i) 
Bush, was born about 1682, in Enfield; died 
February 28, 1746. His epitaph reads: "He 
fineshed his Pessabel (peaceable) and exem- 
plary life Febry. ye 28th in the 65th year of 
his age." He was a wheelwright by trade. His 
children quitclaimed their rights in the estate 
of their grandfather, Jonathan Bush. He mar- 
ried Rachel Kibbe, of Enfield, who died in 
1786, aged ninety-eight years. Children, born 
at Enfield: Jonathan, May 2, 1710, lived in 
Springfield, Massachusetts; Joshua, August 17, 
1712, married Experience French; Moses. 
1714; Aaron, mentioned below; Rachel, born 
May 30, 1722, married Job Larkham; Caleb, 
August 7, 1725, married Martha, daughter of 
Ebenezer Pease: Elizabeth, January 12, 1727- 

(HI) Aaron, son of Jonathan (2) Bush, 
was born August 18, 1717, died at Enfield, in 
1805. He was a prominent citizen, and, for 
many years, held offices of trust and honor in 
his native town. He was highway surveyor 
i" 1753* collector of taxes in 1755, tything- 
man in 1767, on the school committee in 1770, 
and held these offices and others at diflFerent 
times. He married, September 21, 1743, Alice 
French, born April 30, 1720, died December 
2, 1778. Their home was on Terry Lane. Chil- 
dren, born at Enfield : Alice. September 26, 



1744; Aaron, August 23, 1746; Moses, men- 
tioned below; Oliver, May 12, 1750; Elizabeth, 
May 5, 1752; Rufus, July 16, 1754; Abel; 
Sarah, November 14, 1756; Mary, April 13, 
1759; John, September 25, 1763. 

(IV') Moses, second son of Aaron Bush, 
was bom in Enfield, Connecticut, July 2^^ 1748. 
He settled in Suffield, Hartford county, Con- 
necticut. He married Lucretia Ensign. His 
eldest son, Heman, born 1777, married, 1799, 
Abby Fross, and settled in Litchfield, Herki- 
mer county, New York. Later he settled in 
the town of Ellicott, Chautauqua county. He 
had a large family and descendants are numer- 
ous in this county. 

(V) Ensign, son of Moses Bush, was born 
about 1780, in Suffield, Connecticut; died in 
the town of Chautauqua, Chautauqua county, 
New York. He settled in Litchfield, Herki- 
mer county, with his father, and there follow- 
ed his trade of carpenter and joiner. In 1827 
he came to Chautauqua, and there followed 
his trade. He was an excellent mechanic, and 
not only erected dwellings, but fashioned furni- 
ture, spinning wheels, in fact anything required 
that could be made of wood. He married 
Sarah Rose, who bore him four sons and two 

(VI) Datus Ensign, son of Ensign Bush, 
was born in Litchfield, Herkimer county. New 
Y'ork, June 6, 1808; died in Jamestown, New 
York, December 7, 1891. While helping his 
father in his carpenter work the lad cut him- 
self, which so disgusted him with edged tools 
that he decided to learn the trade of mason. 
He served a two years apprenticeship with a 
mason at Fredonia, but finding he was not a 
skilled workman went to Westfield, where lie 
spent two more years as apprentice, under a 
more competent instructor. After serving his 
time he began business as a contractor. His 
first contract was to do the brick work on the 
then new and commodious county jail at May- 
ville. This was in 1833. In the fall, of that 
year, he moved to Jamestown, where he work- 
ed at his trade until cold weather put a stop to 
outside work. After spending the winter with 
his parents he returned to Jamestown in the 
spring of 1834, and resided there until his 
death. He followed his trade until incapaci- 
tated by age, then retired. He was a hard- 
working, industrious man, very positive in his 
nature, quick to resent an injury, but just as 
quick to forget and forgive one, honest and 
charitable, a good neighbor, a loving husband 

and father. He usually supported the Repub- 
lican party, and was an earnest, devoted mem- 
ber of the Methodist Episcopal church. He 
married (first), in 1835, Elizabeth Thayer, 
born January 13, 181 1, who died March i, 
1850. He married (second) Ann Hollenbeck, 
who survived him. Children of first marriage ; 
four died in infancy and childhood; those who 
reached matufe years: i. Phoebe Ann, married 
H^nry J. Whallon, of Erie, Pennsylvania ; she 
died December 26, 1878, leaving seven daugh- 
ters. 2. Frank Benjamin. 3. Frederick George, 
mentioned below. Children of second mar- 
riage; two died in infancy: EHzabeth A. (de- 
ceased), married F. S. Morgan. 

(VII) Frederick George, son of Datus En- 
sign and his first wife, Elizabeth (Thayer) 
Bush, was born at 421 East Second street, 
Jamestown, New York, March 5, 1846. He 
was educated in Jamestown Academy, and, 
when a lad of thirteen years, began learning 
the trade of mason, under the direction of his 
father. He continued with him several years, 
becoming not only an expert workman, but also 
thoroughly informed as to the best methods of 
construction. He then formed a partnership 
with his brother, Frank Benjamin. One of 
his first contracts was the erection of the Henry 
Smith Cotton Mills, at Jamestown. He also 
erected several school buildings in that city, 
one of which is the building located on the 
comer of West Third street and Fairmount 
avenue. He also built the "Osmer block,'' in 
1884. He and his brother built what is now 
known as the Dolan block, one of the large 
structures in Jamestown. A most important 
building, erected by Mr. Bush, and one that 
materially added to the architectural beauty of 
the city, is the "Frederick," on East Second 
street. The lower floor of this building is de- 
voted to stores, the three upper floors are 
divided into commodious apartments for fam- 
ilies. No expense was spared to make this a 
thoroughly modern apartment block, both in 
beauty of finish and in convenient appliances, 
electrical and mechanical. For four years Mr. 
Bush was a partner in the planing mill firm of 
Peterson & Bush. He was also a member of 
the firm of Edwin Schultz & Company, paint 
dealers, later Bush & Freeman, then F. G. 
Bush. In 1909 Mr. Bush sold to the Northrup 
Paint Company and retired permanently from 
active business life. Mr. Bush built many 
dwellings in East Jamestown and sold them. 
He was active in building up the city. He is a 



self-made man. He is a member of the Meth- 
odist Episcopal church, and politically a Pro- 

He married (first), October i, 1866, Emma 
A. Hewitt, born January, 1845, died May 12, 
1869. He married (second), October 8, 1878, 
Kathryn Conet, born in Ellington, Chautauqua 
county, New York, January 10, 1858, daughter 
of John and Maria T. (Case) Conet. Child 
by first marriage : Frederick Lincoln, born JuJy 
16, 1867 ; married Nora Rappole. John Conet, 
a descendant of John F. and Mary (Rice) 
Conet, was born in Johnstown, Montgomery 
county, New York, March 26, 1824. He mar- 
ried Maria T. Case, born in Ellington, Chau- 
tauqua county, March 13, 1830. 

The American ancestor, so far as 
ORMES known at present, of the Orms 

or Ormes family of Jamestown, 
New York, was John Orms, of Watertown and 
Spencer, Massachusetts. The name is spelled, 
by his descendants, Orme, Ormes and Orms. 
John, the ancestor, used the latter form. The 
family have furnished the world with many 
noted physicians, beginning with the second 
generation, continuing to the present. Dr. 
James Orms, 1709-85, was the first practicing 
physician of Spencer, Massachusetts. Dr. Cor- 
nelius Ormes, for thirty years a practicing 
physician of Panama, Chautauqua county, 
New York, is credited with being the first 
surgeon in the United States to successfully 
operate on and remove the ovaries. 

(I) John Orms settled in Watertown, Mas- 
sachusetts, as early as 1706. He purchased 
land in Spencer, Massachusetts, whither he re- 
moved, and died April 12, 1755. He married, 
March 24, 1704-05, Elizabeth Phillips, who 
survived him thirty years, and died May 19, 
1785, aged one hundred years five months nine 
days. Children: 1. John, born October 16, 
1706, died July 16, 171 5. 2. James, born Octo- 
ber 19, 1709, died 1785 ; was the first practicing 
physician of Spencer, Massachusetts; married 
(first), 1733, Frances Hinds, (second), 1736, 
Rachel How, (third), 1742, Tabitha Wright. 
3. Jonathan, of further mention. 4. John, born 
July 24, 1716; moved to Providence, Rhode 
Island. 5. Sarah, born August 24, 1721. 6. 
Elizabeth, born February 2, 1725. 

(H) Jonathan, son of John and Elizabeth 
(PhilHps) Orms, was born in Watertown, 
Massachusetts, October 27, 1712. He settled 

in Spencer, Massachusetts. He married, and 
among his children was a son Jonathan. 

(HI) General Jonathan (2) Orms, son of 
Jonathan "(i) Orms, was born October 20, 
1764, at VVindham, Connecticut. He was a 
carpenter and millwright. He settled in Fair 
Haven, \'ermont, about 1788, stopping, for a 
time, at Pittsfield, Vermont. He was engaged, 
by Dr. Simeon Smith, in building a forge on 
the west side of the falls, which he afterward 
owned, and on which he built the saw and 
grist mills so long known as "Orms Mills.'' 
After his marriage he settled in the West 
Haven part of the town, afterward lived, for 
many years, south of the highway, in Fair 
Haven. He built his two-story dwelling there, 
in 1804. He filled many town offices, and was 
general-in-chief of all the militia in Vermont 
during the war of 181 2, and had his head- 
quarters in Bennington. He removed to Castle- 
ton Corners in 1842, and died there, August 

4, 1850, aged eighty-five years. He is buried 
by his first wife, in West Haven. He married 
f first), about 1790, Eunice Hines, died in 
West Haven, March 27, 1824, aged fifty-five 
years. He married (second) a widow, Annah 
(Doyle) Gaines, died January 14, 1837, aged 
sixty-seven years. He married (third) Widow 
Lura Weston, daughter of Ebenezer Lyman, 
who survived him. Children by first wife: i^ 
Pamelia, bom 1792; lived with her brother, at 
Whitehall, New York. 2. Allen, removed to 
Northampton, Iowa. 3. Sophia, married Alan- 
son Loveland. 4. Alanson, died aged three 
years. 5. Betsey, married John Ransom, of 
Poultney, Vermont, and removed to Cleveland^ 
Ohio. 6. Caroline, married Ezra Greenough. 
7. Dan, born February 13, 1804; married 
(first) Amelia Gaines, (second) Mrs. Sarah 

5. Cook. 8. Jonathan, removed to Whitehall. 
New York. q. Cornelius, of further mention. 

(IV) Dr. Cornelius Ormes, son of General 
Jonathan (2 )and Eunice (Hines) Orms, was 
born at West Haven, Vermont, August 4, 1807. 
After receiving a thorough academical educa- 
tion he entered upon the study of medicine 
with Professor Theodore Woodward, at that 
time the most noted surgeon of the eastern 
states, and received the degree of M. D. from 
Castleton Medical College in 1832. After prac* 
ticing, for a time, in partnership with his pre- 
ceptor, he removed to Chautauqua county and 
opened an office in Panama, February 13, 1833. 
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tion of the county and the adjacent parts of 
Pennsylvania were largely engaged in lumber- 
ing, and Dr. Ormes' surgical experience, ob- 
tained under Professor Woodward, peculiarly 
fitted him for the exigencies constantly arising 
in that occupation. His ride soon extended 
into northern Pennsylvania, then almost a wil- 
derness, and his duties entailed upon him great 
hardships from the bad roads which he was 
compelled to traverse, and the severe exposures 
to which he was frequently subjected. The 
success which attended his practice, however, 
soon gained for him a high reputation, which 
was unceasingly enhanced down to the time of 
his death. As the country became more fully 
occupied and settled the accidents of pioneer 
life necessarily diminished, and Dr. Ormes 
turned his attention to new fields for the em- 
plo3mient of his surgical ability. He made a 
special study of ovarian diseases, and soon 
established a national reputation for the treat- 
ment and removal of ovarian tumors. During 
his life he removed a large number of these, 
and he continued to operate successfully for 
their extirpation up to within a few months of 
his decease. In two of his operations the 
uterine appendages were all involved; the 
tumor in one being of the colloid variety, and 
weighing fifty-one pounds, while the uterus 
measured eleven inches in length, was enten- 
sively sphacelated from lung pressure and its 
cavity wholly obliterated. The entire mass 
was successfully removed and the patient still 
lives in the enjo)mrient of excellent health 
( 191 1 ). In 1863 Dr. Ormes removed to James- 
town and the better field greatly enlarged his 
already extensive practice. In 1872 he was 
called to the chair of obstetrics and uterine sur- 
gery in the Detroit Homoeopathic College, and 
discharged its duties with marked advantage 
to the college and the cause of homoeopathy. 
Dr. Ormes was first instigated to examine the 
new system, by Dr. Joseph Bimstill, then of 
Westfield, New York, afterwards of Pittsfield, 
Massachusetts. After much study and a care- 
ful comparison of results from the old and the 
new systemfs, he gave in his adhesion to 
homoeopathy and consistently practiced it from 
1848 to the time of his death. Dr. Ormes was, 
at the time of his death and had been for many 
years, president of the Homoeopathic Medical 
Society of Chautauqua and Cattaraugus coun- 
ties, was one of the physicians from Western 
New York who assisted to reorganize the state 
society in 1861, and in which he was a perma- 

nent member at the time of his decease ; was a 
member of the new Homoeopathic Medical 
Society of Western New York, and "Senior" 
in the American Institute of Homoeopathy, he 
having been elected a member in 1856. In all 
of these societies he occupied a prominent 
place, and in all was the frequent recipient of 
positions of responsibility and of honor. It 
will thus be seen that Dr. Ormes was gathered 
"like a shock of com fully ripe." Few physi- 
cians have acquired as extensive and enviable 
a reputation, and none will be more missed by 
the profession for those genial and excellent 
qualities of manhood which shed an additional 
lustre upon the achievements of an intellectual 

He died April 20, 1886. "Heroic Surgery," 
Detroit Post and Tribune, under date of Janu- 
ary 8, 1879, said : 

The account in to-day's papers, from our Grand 
Rapids' correspondent, giving the particulars of a 
wonderful surgical operation, is very interesting, but 
he is not quite right in his statement that it has never 
before been done in this country. In the Transac- 
tions of Homceopathic Medical Society of the State 
of New York, vol. 8, page 550, is reported a case 
exactly like this» which occurred at Grand Rapids, 
with the exception that the patient recovered. The 
surgeon was Dr. Cornelius Ormes, of Jamestown, 
New York, who has a widely extended reputation as 
a surgeon. The patient, a lady, thirty-nine years of 
age, had a cancerous disease involving the uterus 
and ovaries. On the twenty-third of April, 1870, this 
entire mass, greatly enlarged, was removed. In the 
following June, the patient was about the house, and, 
on August I, walked two and one-half miles. In 
1872 and 1873, Dr. Ormes lectured to the class in the 
Homceopathic College, in this city, and, I have learn- 
ed from him, that the cure was permanent. 

He married, May 4, 1835, Angeline J. 
Moore, born September 15, 1814, died August 
13, 1893. Children: Francis D., of further 
mention; William H., bom January 11, 1843, 
died July 4, 1854; James C, August 15, 1845, 
died November 16, 1870; Julia E., December 
23, 1846, died April 19, 1888, married David N. 
Marvim children : Isabelle and Maud. 

(V) Dr. Francis Denman Ormes, eldest 
child of Dr. Cornelius and Angeline J. (Moore) 
Ormes, was born in the village of Panama, 
Chautauqua county, New York, April 2, 1838. 
His preparatory education was obtained in the 
public schools, and, at the age of fifteen years, 
he entered Oberlin College, Ohio, completing 
his studies at Fort Edward Collegiate Institute, 
Fort Edward, Saratoga county, New York. 
Returning to Panama he began the study of 



medicine with hiis father, and, in 1862, entered 
the Homoeopathic Medical College, at Cleve- 
land, Ohio, graduating M. D. in 1863. He 
practiced one year at Panama, then went to 
Jamestown, where he was associated with his 
father in practice. As Cornelius Ormes & 
Son they successfully continued until the death 
of his father. Since then he has practiced 
alone, having a well established practice and 
being one of the leading physicians of his city. 
He is surgeon and physician for the James- 
town Street Railway Company and for the 
Chautauqua Traction Company. He holds 
membership in the leading national, state and 
county homoeopathic medical societies; the 
American Institute of Homoeopathy; the Na- 
tional Society of the United States; Western 
New York Society, and the Chautauqua Coun- 
ty Society. He is a member of the Jamestown 
board of health and served as physician to the 
poor. He is prominent iii the Masonic order, 
belonging to Mt. Moriah Lodge, Western Sun 
Chapter, Jamestown Commandery, of his own 
city, and Ismailia Temple, Nobles of the Mystic 
Shrine, Buffalo. He is an attendant of the 
Presbyterian church, and a Democrat. 

He married, at Franklin, Pennsylvania, Sep- 
tember 8, 1864, Leona, born May 28, 1843, 
died April 30, 1898, daughter of Daniel and 
Almira (Steward) Glidden. Children: i. Jessie, 
married Arthur H. Greenlund, and resides in 
Jamestown; child, Leona, born September 21, 
1905. 2. Eh*. Cornelius Frank, born July 27, 
1874; was educated in the New York College 
of Homoeopathy, whence he was graduated 
M. D., in class of 1900. He was interne at 
Buffalo Homoeopathic Hospital, and, in 1900, 
b^an the practice of his profession in James- 
town, where he has been successful. He is a 
member of the state, county and city homoeo- 
pathic medical societies, and of Mt. Moriah 
Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons^ also chap- 
ter, commandery and shrine. He married, No- 
vember 17, 1909, Pauline Backus. 3. Grace, 
married Joseph W. Graff, and resides in James- 
town ; children : Helen and Dickson. 4. Leona, 
married Herbert J. Goodwill, and resides in 
Jamestown ; child, Francis. 

Allen is the name of an ancient 

ALLEN family in the county of Durham, 

England, and of another in the 

county of Essex. The name, in early days, 

was spelled A Ion, Alwyne, AUeine, Allyn, and 

in other ways, but in New England, as well as 

England, the common spelling is now Allen. 
The first person of whom any account has been 
handed down, bearing the name Alon or 
Alwyne, is the Bard of Briton, uncle of Carac- 
tacus, who had for ancestors a long line of 
British kings and who must have been born 
at the very dawn of the Christian era. The 
next historic personage of the name is "Alana. 
Chieftan," who was slain on the field of Cam- 
Ion, A. D., 542. The third of the name is 
**Alan, a saint," who was born in Armoricia 
(Brittany, a fertile province of France). He 
left his native country and became a member 
of the College of Illyd, in Glamorganshire. He 
had three sons who became members of the 
same college and distinguished ornaments of 
the Welsh church. Alan ( i ) **Sergeant," com- 
manded a division or wing of the army of 
William, at the battle of Hastings, and con- 
tributed largely to the result of that battle, 
which gave William the title of Conqueror. 
Alan was fully rewarded by gifts of immense 
tracts of land, becoming, next to the king, the 
richest person in England. He had four broth- 
ers, all of whom received lands and titles and 
founded families. Miss Yonge, in her **His- 
tory of Christian Names," says that one of ihe 
Alans located in Scotland and there married 
an heiress whose grandson, Alan, married 
Eva, daughter of the Lord of Tippermur, and 
was both the progenitor of the race of Stewart 
and of the Alens and Aliens, who have ever 
since filled Scotland. From the earliest days 
of heraldry the Aliens have borne arms. No 
less than sixty-two families have had that 
honor bestowed upon them in the past six cen- 

The Aliens of Jamestown, New York, de- 
scend from Walter Allen, oile of the original 
proprietors of old Newbury in 1640, later of 
Watertown, and died at Charlestown, Massa- 
chusetts, 1673. Descendants settled in Prince- 
ton, Worcester county, Massachusetts, where 
the progenitor of this branch settled about the 
time of the revolution, and was foully murder- 
ed by a man whom he had arrested on a charge 
of murdering his own father. 

(I) Captain Elisha Allen was a resident of 
Princeton, Massachusetts. He held the ap- 
pointment of deputy sheriff and was murdered 
by a prisoner, Samuel Frost, July 16, 1793. 
Captain Allen was then in his forty-eighth 
year. He left a widow, Miriam, and children, 
all born in Princeton : Lavina, born August 20, 
1779; Sally, April 16, 1781 ; Peter, August 21, 



1783; Elisha, of further mention; Polly, May 
12, 1788. 

(II) Elisha (2), son of Captain Elisha (i) 
and Miriam Allen, was born in Princeton, 
Massachusetts, September 5, 1786, died in 
Jamestown, New York, September 30, 1830. 
He lived in Vermont for a time and there 
married. In 1816 he came to Jamestown, 
where he purchased the lot at the corner of 
Third and Main streets (on which Dix and 
Smith were then erecting a tavern) and other 
property. In the spring of 1816 he returned 
to Vermont, but, in 1817, again came to James- 
town, bringing his wife and two sons, Au^ 
gustus and Dascum. He also purchased a 
farm on what is now South Main street, on 
which he lived several years. He also occu- 
pied, as a dwelling, a part of the house that 
stood on the present site of "Allen Square,'' 
Main street, where he died. His property, at 
Third and Main streets, was kept as a hotel by 
many different landlords, and was destroyed by 
the great fire of 1852. His sons then erected 
a new building of brick, known as the "Allen," 
later as the "Gifford House." • 

He married, in Wardsboro, Vermont, in the 
spring of 1812, Juliette Holbrook, born in 
Sturbridge, Massachusetts, June 6, 1790. Chil- 
dren, first two born in Wardsboro, the others 
in Jamestown: i. Augustus Franklin, gi fur- 
ther mention. 2. Dascum, born September 5, 
1815, died in Jamestown, April 7, 1872; he 
grew to manhood in that village and became a 
wealthy lumberman, known from Jamestown 
to Cincinnati as the "big-hearted lumberman" ; 
his fortune was somewhat impaired by his 
goodness of heart; he could see no friend in 
trouble and his unbounded credit was at their 
service, the result being that he had to pay 
large sums to protect paper on which he was 
the endorser. He married, November 14, 1839, 
Susan W. Darling ; children : Horace F. ; Mary 
Eveline, died in infancy ; Florence A., married 
Charles W. Grant, and Frank H. 3. Adeline, 
born December 23, 181 7, died in Jamestown, 
December 29, 185 1. 4. Prudence Olivia, born 
May 13, 1821, died in Jamestown, January 12, 
1854. 5. Abner Holbrook, born August 10, 
1823, died in 1846. 

(III) Augustus Franklin, eldest son of 
Elisha (2) and Juliette (Holbrook) Allen, 
was born in Wardsboro, Vermont, December 
13, 1813. died in Jamestown, New York, Janu- 
ary 20, 1875. He was a child of three years 
when his parents came to Jamestown, and a 

lad of seventeen years when his father died, 
when he became the recognized head of the 
family. He attended the academies at Fre- 
donia and Jamestown, acquiring a good Eng- 
lish education. While yet a minor he became 
engaged in the mercantile and lumbering busi- 
ness in association with his younger brother, 
Dascum, which they conducted extensively and 
with much profit. Later another brother, Ab- 
ner H., was admitted. The brothers continued 
in successful business until 1846, when they 
dissolved and divided the property, Dascum 
continuing the lumber business which later be- 
came Allen & Maurice. Augustus F. Allen, in 
1848, became a partner of Daniel H. Grandin, 
in woolen manufacturing. In 1867 the firm 
of Allen, Preston & Company Vas formed, of 
which he was a member until death. This gives 
little idea of Mr. Allen's importance in the 
village of Jamestown and the town of EUicott. 
He stood in the front rank of energetic busi- 
ness men. No man did more in building up 
the interests of Jamestown than he. Nor was 
his activity confined to business, but he gave 
much time to the public service. He served 
as supervisor as often as his other duties would 
permit, some seventeen terms in all. In 1867 
he was elected a member of the state consti- 
tutional convention and bore an honorable part 
in the deliberations of that body. Although a 
Republican he accepted, in 1867, nomination 
as an independent candidate for the state sen- 
ate, but was defeated. In 1874, having be- 
come fully allied with the "liberal Republicans" 
who fused with the Democrats, he was nomi- 
nated and elected to congress. His health had 
been failing and he was poorly equipped for 
the strain of the hotly-contested campaign 
which resulted in his election. He broke down 
and before his family, who were in Europe, 
could reach him he was dead. He literally 
"died in the harness." He took active part in 
the prosecution of the civil war. In early life 
he was commissioned colonel of a regiment of 
state militia, with his brother Dascum as lieu* 
tenant-colonel, and subsequently attained the 
rank of brigadier-general. He was commis- 
sioned colonel of the One Hundred and Twelfth 
Regiment, New York Volunteers, which served 
in the civil war, and for the purpose of com- 
pleting its organization, for several months he 
gave his personal attention to recruiting men 
for the service. For over forty years he was 
an active member of the Presbyterian church; 
and a supporter of all the benevolences of the 




village. He died generally and genuinely la- 

He married Margaret Cook, who died Au- 
gust 22, 1885, aged sixty-eight years. Chil- 
dren: I. Alfred Douglass, of further mention. 
2. Charlotte A., bom 1851, died June 20, 1888, 
aged thirty-seven years ; married James Black ; 
child, Mabel Virginia, died September 14, 1871. 

(IV) Alfred Douglass, son of Augustus 
Franklin Allen, was born in Jamestown, New 
York, died May 8, 1877. He was educated in 
the Jamestown schools, and after completing 
his studies at once entered the milling business 
at Jamestown with his brother-in-law, James 
Black, continuing until his death. He was a 
successful business man and an exemplary 
citizen. He was a member of the Masonic 
order and his burial service was conducted 
under the beautiful, impressive ceremonies of 
the Knights Templar over a departed Sir 
Knight. He married, September 29, 1869, Vir- 
ginia Mahon, daughter of Samuel A. Mahon, 
of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Children: i. Au- 
gustus Franklin, of further mention. 2. Al- 
fred D. Jr., bom April 19, 1877 ; was educated 
in the public schools of Jamestown ; the Gun- 
nery, Washington, Connecticut, and the Berke- 
ly School, in New York City. He served in 
the Spanish war, Forty-sixth Regiment, United 
States Volunteer Infantry, for one year, in the 
Philippines, after which he engaged in the real 
estate business in Jamestown. He is now a 
banker of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He is 

(V) Augustus Franklin (2), eldest son of 
Alfred Douglass and Virginia (Mahon) Allen, 
was bom in Jamestown, New York, Septem- 
ber 7, 1873. He was educated in the public 
schools of Jamestown ; the Gunnery, Washing- 
ton, Connecticut ; Phillips Exeter ( New Hamp- 
shire) Academy; Harvard University and Buf- 
falo Law School. His business has been prin- 
cipally real estate operating. He is a Repub- 
lican in politics ; was supervisor, 1905-06 ; mem- 
ber of the state assembly, 1906-10, and, in 
191 1, was appointed postmaster of Jamestown, 
a position he now most acceptably fills. He 
served as second lieutenant of the Two Hun- 
dred and Second Regiment, New York Volun- 
teer Infantry, during the Spanish- American 
war ; is a member of the Jamestown Club, the 
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the 
Eagles, Moose, and Knights of Pythias. He 
is an attendant of the Protestant Episcopal 

The earliest records of the 
CADWELL Cadwell family do not indi- 

• cate an earlier settler in Amer- 
ica than Thomas, of Hartford. The name 
may be another form of Caldwell, but the line 
herein traced has always held to the orthograph 
as used herein. 

(I) Thomas Cadwell, a Welshman, was in 
Hartford, Connecticut, 1632, as that year, 
March 9, he bought land, consideration forty- 
five pounds. He was chimney viewer, con- 
stable and ferryman. After his death his 
widow had charge of the ferry. He married, 
in 1668, Elizabeth, widow of Robert Wilson, 
of Farmington, and daughter of Edward Steb- 
bins. Ten children. 

(II) Matthew, fourth son of Thomas Cad- 
well, was born in Hartford, Connecticut, Octo- 
ber 5,, 1668, died there, April 22, 1720. He 
owned land near the Farmington line, but ex- 
changed it for the old homestead. He mar- 
ried Abigail, daughter of John Beckly, of 
Wethersfield. Nine children. 

(III) John, son of Matthew Cadwell, was 
born in Hartford, Connecticut, November 30, 
1702. He married and had a son John. 

(IV) John (2), son of John (i) Cadwell, 
was bom at Hartford, Connecticut, January' 
9, 1758, died in Fabius, Onondaga county, 
New York, March, 1834.' He enlisted in the 
revolutionary army. May, 1776, under Captain 
Jonathan Wells and Colonel Walcott, serving 
eight months. In March, 1777, he reenlisted 
under Captain Jared Cone, serving two months. 
In August, 1778, under Captain Richard Pit- 
kins, served two months. In July, 1780, as 
sergeant, served three months under Captain 
Booth and Colonel Hezekiah Willys. Among 
other operations was engaged in Sullivan's re- 
treat from Rhode Island. He was carried on 
the revolutionary rolls as a pensioner. After 
the war he settled in Onondaga county. New 
York. He married Amar , bom Octo- 
ber Q, 1762. Among their children was John. 

(V) John (3), son of John (2) and Amar 
Cadwell, was born April 10, 1783, died Novem- 
ber 2, 1876. He came with the family from Hart- 
ford, Connecticut, to Onondaga county, New- 
York, settling in the town of Fabius, where he 
became a prosperous farmer, owning five valu- 
able farms. His homestead was in the village of 
Fabius and the farm which he cultivated ad- 
joined it. He was of a very reserved disposi- 
tion, but had many friends and was highly re- 
spected. He was a Whig in politics, and a 



member of the Methodist Episcopal church. 
He married Betsey Trowbridge, bom April 19, 
1788, died June 16, 1828. Children: I. Jerusha, 
bom Au^st 24, 1807; married Anson Cad- 
well. 2. Louisa, bom April 22, 1810, died un- 
married. 3. John Edwin, of further mention. 
4. Stephen Edgar, bom April 15, 1815, died in 
the west. 

(VI) John Edwin, son of John (3) and 
Betsey (Trowbridge) Cadwell, was bom in 
the village of Fabius, New York, January 11, 
1812, died October 13, 1883, a lifelong resident 
of Fabius, only a few years having been spent 
elsewhere. He was educated in the village 
school, and leamed the trade of tanner. When 
a young man he married and went west, set- 
tling at Sycamore, Illinois, purchasing there a 
tract of one hundred and sixty acres. He 
raised grain for which he found a profitable 
market in Chicago. He prospered, but, after 
six years, sold his western farm to his brother, 
Stephen Edgar, and returned to Fabius. He 
located on a farm he owned north of the vil- 
lage, but later settled on the old homestead, 
managing the different properties. He was a 
Whig in politics ; was path master, village trus- 
tee and held other offices. He and his family 
were members of the Baptist church. He is 
buried, with others of the family, in the family 
plot at Fabius. He married Jemima Sumner 
Benson, born in Pomfret, Onondaga county, 
New York, 1817, died July 19, 1872, daughter 
of David and Jane Benson. Before marriage 
she was a school teacher. Children: i. Sarah 
J., bom November 22, 1837 ; married Millard 
A. Robinson. 2. Lucien B., born December 9, 
1839; a veteran of the civil war ; died in Syra- 
cuse, New York. 3. John, of further mention. 
4. Ella, bom March .29, 1844; unmarried, and 
lives on the old homestead at Fabius. 5. A 
child died in infancy. 

(VII) John (4), son of John Edwin and 
Jemima Sumner (Benson) Cadwell, was bom 
at Sycamore, Illinois, June 4, 1842, and when 
but a few months old was brought to Fabius, 
New York, by his parents. He was educated 
in the public schools and spent his boyhood 
(lays on the farm. On attaining his majority 
he went to Chicago, Illinois, where he spent 
four years as bookkeeper. He then came east 
and, for two years, was bookkeeper for Mc- 
Farland, Smith & Company, of Titusville, 
Pennsylvania. In 1872 he came to Jamestown, 
New York, and formed a partnership with 
Hiram Smith, and, for a year and a half, 

manufactured sash balances. He then became 
bookkeeper for the Jamestown Woodseat Chair 
Company, later becoming a member of the 
firm. He continued a partner with this firm 
for twelve years, then sold out. He then, in 
partnership with his son, Eugene Benson Cad- 
well, organized the Cadwell Cabinet Company 
and established his present business, manufac- 
turing telephone booths and interior fittings 
for banks and public buildings. The first order 
the company secured was from Colonel Parker, 
of the Metropolitan Telephone Company, and 
was for one hundred booths, aggregating six 
thousand dollars. This was the largest order 
ever given for booths at that time, and at once 
gave the company standing and prestige. 
They are a prosperous company and rated as 
one of Jamestown's most successful industries. 
Mr. Cadwell was, at one time, lieutenant of the 
Fenton Guards. He was a member of the EUi- 
cott Hook & Ladder Company. Mr. Cadwell 
resides at 212 Lakeview avenue, which he pur- 
chased in 1899. He is a member of the Pres- 
byterian church and was chairman of the 
board of trustees ; he is a Republican in poli- 
tics and served as village trustee. Mr. Cad- 
well was the last president of the village of 

He married (first), December 19, 1864, at 
Pompey Hill, Onondaga county, New York, 
Fannie A. Webb, born December 19, 1844, 
died March 22, 1884, daughter of Charles E. 
Webb. Children: Frank Webb and Eugene 
Benson, of further mention. He married (sec- 
ond), February 25, 1893, Carrie E. Staples, 
born September 8, 1857, daughter of Alva S. 
and Mary (Rouse) Staples. Child, Marion 
Staples, bom May 12, 1895 ; a student in James- 
town high school. 

( VIII) Frank Webb, eldest son of John (4) 
and Fannie A. (Webb) Cadwell, was born at 
Pompey Hill, Onondaga county. New York, 
October 19, 1868. He was educated in public 
and private schools at Jamestown, and is now 
associated with his father in the Cadwell Cabi- 
net Company. He is a Republican, a Presby- 
terian, and a member of the Benevolent and 
Protective Order of Elks. He married Jennie 
Wilson, daughter of John T. Wilson. 

(VIII) Eugene Benson, youngest son of 
John (4) and Fannie A. (Webb) Cadwell, 
was born at Enterprise, Pennsylvania, Novem- 
ber 12, 1870. He was educated in public and 
private schools of Jamestown, and is a partner 
with his father in the Cadwell Cabinet Com- 

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Peter Pennock was a son of Adonijah and 
Betsey Pennock, of Vermont, where Peter was 
born. He settled at Jamestown, New York, 
when a young man, engaged in brick manu- 
facturing, and became prominent in the early 
history of the city. He married Phinetta 
Southwick, born in Rome, -New York, who 
bore him ten children : Lucia Ann, of further 
mention ; Clarice ; Florence ; Alvin ; Louis, and 
five who died in infancy. 

Lucia Ann, eldest child of Peter and Phin- 
etta (Southwick) Pennock, married (first) 
Henry Bumham. Children: i. May, died at 
the age of forty-four years ; she married Frank 
Holcomb and had a daughter who died in 
infancy, and a son, Robert Earl Holcomb. 2. 
John, died at the age of twenty-three years. 
She married (second) Charles Templeton 
Howard. Child, Elizabeth O. Howard, who 
resides with her mother. Mrs. Howard has 
been engaged in the millinery business in 
Jamestown for over half a century, and for 
half of that time has been in her present loca- 
tion, loi Cherry street. She has an establish- 
ed business among the best in her city, and 
maintains a high character both in business and 
private life. She is a member of the Church 
of Christ (Scientist), and a woman thoroughly 
respected and esteemed. 

The Doering family, herein re- 
DOERIXG corded, springs from German 

and Irish ancestry, the Doer- 
ings having long been seated in Germany, 
the Howards in Ireland. The founder of the 
family in the United States, Henry Doering, 
came, when young, from Hesse Darmstadt, 
Germany. He was a carpenter by trade, and 
served in the United States army during the 
Mexican war. After that war was ended he 
joined the tide of emigration westward, finally 
locating in St. Louis, Missouri, where he en- 
gaged in contracting and building. He became 
one of the leading men in his business, and 
erected many of the large buildings of St. 
Louis. Perhaps his greatest undertaking was 
the placing of the piers and masonry for the 
great bridge across the Mississippi, at St. Louis, 
known as the **Eads Bridge," one of the most 
important construction enterprises of that day. 
At times, during the progress of that work, 
Mr. Doering had seven hundred and fifty men 
employed, besides a fleet of scows, steamers 
and smaller boats. He was a member of the 
Presbyterian church and the Independent Order 

of Odd Fellows ; politically a Republican. He 
married, in St. Louis, Missouri, Maria Guer- 
dan, who bore him fifteen children, five of 
whom died in infancy. The others: Emma 
Elizabeth; Henry, died young; Henry A., of 
further mention ; Oscar Frank ; Emile Guer- 
dan ; Ellsworth G. ; Harry Hugh ; Guido A. ; 
Hugo B., and Alma I. 

(II) Henry August, son of Henry Doering, 
was born in St. Louis, Missouri, August 18, 
1854. He was educated in the public schools 
of that city and Bryant & Stratton's Business 
College. His first employment was as time 
and bookkeeper for his father, then largely en- 
gaged in contracting. In 1877 he came east, 
settling at Bradford, Pennsylvania, where, for 
seven years, he successfully engaged in the 
production of oil. From Bradford Mr. Doer- 
ing came to Jamestown, New York, where he 
spent' a year with the wholesale grocery house 
of B. F. Lounsbery, as bookkeeper. He then 
formed a partnership which purchased the 
Harrop crockery business, operating under the 
firm name of Harris, Underwood & Doer- 
ing. This firm continued in successful busi- 
ness seventeen years, when Mr. Harris retired, 
his interest being purchased by his partners, 
who continued as Underwood & Doering. Later 
Mr. Doering sold to Mr. Underwood and re- 
tired from the firm. In 1909 he opened a 
crockery store on Main street, moving, after 
one year, to his present location, opposite the 
New Sherman Hotel, known as the Jamestown 
Crockery Company, H. A. Doering, proprietor. 
His business is well established and prosper- 
ous, his lines being those usually carried by 
crockery houses. He is also connected with the 
Gurney Ball Bearing Company, which manu- 
factured a new and greatly improved ball bear- 
ing, largely used by automobile makers. He 
is a Republican in politics, and a Presbyterian. 
His fraternal orders are the Benevolent and 
Protective Order of Elks, and the Eagles. 

He married, in St. Louis, October 4, 1876, 
Daisy Howard, bom in Youngstown, Ohio, Sep- 
tember 15, 1855, daughter of Charles Temple- 
ton and Alvina (Carson) Howard. Mrs. Doer- 
ing is a member of the Presbyterian church, 
and the Travellers and Mozart clubs, of James- 

This branch of the Cole family was 
COLE founded in America by Rev. Ben- 
nett Coleman, born in the parish 
of Thules, county Clare, Ireland, August 5, 



1754. He was a graduate of Dublin Univer- 
sity, and educated for the priesthood, but the 
records are silent as to whether or not he took 
holy orders. In 1776 he came to the American 
colonies as a British soldier, with the army of 
Lord Howe. He was in the battles around 
New York and at White Plains, managed to 
be taken prisoner by Captain Lee, of Wash- 
ington's army. He was taken to Washington's 
headquarters, where he declared his wish to 
become a soldier of the army of independence, 
October 3, 1776. He was enlisted in Troop B, 
Second Light Dragoons, under the name which 
he ever afterward bore, Benjamin Cole. He 
was detailed as clerk in the office of the ad- 
jutant-general, serving until the close of the 
war, and was present at the surrender of Corn- 
wallis, at Yorktown. He was mustered out 
of the service at Charleston, South Carolina, 
twelve hundred miles from Franklin, Massa- 
chusetts, where he settled, covering the dis- 
tance on foot. He was borne on the rolls as a 
revolutionary pensioner until his death. His 
papers, etc., are now in the possession of Bar- 
nard F. Salisbury, Ellicottville, New York. In 
Franklin he taught school, married and then 
entered the employ of the original American 
Baptist Home Missionary Society, traveling 
and preaching in every one of the thirteen 
states of the original Union. He moved his 
residence to Marlboro, Vermont, from thence 
to Phelps, Ontario county, New York, finally 
coming to Humphrey, Cattaraugus county. 
New York, where he died. He married Rachel 
Salisbury. Children: Mary, married General 
Phineas E. Maltier; Seth, married Lucretia 
; Stephen S., of further mention; Ben- 
jamin; Betsey, married Foster B. Salisbury; 
Sarah, married David Wheeler (2) ; Elijah, 
died at the age of twenty-four years. 

(II) Stephen S., son of Rev. Benjamin Cole, 
was born in Marlboro, Windham county, Ver- 
mont, 1804, died 1877. He grew up on a Ver- 
mont farm with relatives, remaining until he 
was nineteen years of age, then, without a cent 
of money, made the journey to Cattaraugus 
county, settling near his father, in Humphrey. 
He took up land, prospered, and added other 
parcels, until his farm comprised four hundred 
acres, on which he built a comfortable house. 
He rose to prominence in public life, was super- 
visor, justice of the peace many years, and, in 
1850 and 1851, was elected a member of the 
New York legislature. He stumped Catta- 
raugus county for the first Republican candi- 

date, General John C. Fremont, and was always 
allied with that party. He was tendered the 
nomination of his party for congress when 
Fenton was nominated, but declined the honor. 
He took an active part in recruiting volunteers 
for the Union army, during the civil war, and 
used his voice and influence for the abolition 
of human slavery. He was a man of extra- 
ordinary talents. As an orator he was unsur- 
passed in the county, having a wonderful voice 
and a well-stored mind. He spent his last 
days in retirement on the farm, but retained an 
active interest in public affairs until his death. 
He was a generous contributor to all churches 
and was everywhere regarded a good man and 
a most useful citizen. He married, January, 
1838, Lemira Precinda, daughter of Alonzo P. 
Berry, of Syracuse, New York. Children: i. 
Marvin S. 2. Rosalia, married (first) Mark 
Sill, (second) Eugene Reynolds; children: i. 
Minnie, married, and had Ona and Claire; ii. 
Lemira. 3. Helen L., married Albert McKoon ; 
children: i. Bertha, married Frank Hyatt, of 
Auburn, New York, eight children; ii. Vera, 
married L3mian Phipps, two children ; iii. Eu- 
sebia, married Julius Vahue, three children ; iv. 
Kitty. 4. Delia, married Frank Reynolds ; two 
children. 5. George Wilson, of further men- 

(HI) George Wilson, youngest son of Ste- 
phen S. and Lemira Precinda (Berry) Cole, 
was born in Humphrey, Cattaraugus county, 
New York, December 31, 1858. He was edu- 
cated in the public grammar and high schools, 
and b^^n life as a farmer, later going to Eldred, 
Pennsylvania, where he engaged in teaching in 
the public schools. Deciding upon the pro- 
fession of law he entered the office of ex-Con- 
gressman William G. Laidlaw, of Ellicottville, 
with whom he studied law until 1884, when he 
was admitted to the bar. He spent one year 
as clerk for Ansley & Davie, then was taken as 
partner by J. J. Inman, with whom he was 
associated in Salamanca from May, 1886, to 
December, 1891, as Inman & Cole. Until 1895 
he practiced alone, then formed a partnership 
with Hon. James S. Whipple, which existed 
until 1897. Since then he has practiced alone, 
with offices in Salamanca. He was elected 
police justice in 1893, reelected in 1896. In 
190 1 he was elected district attorney, reelected 
1904-07-10, and now holds that office. He has 
made a most creditable record as a prosecutor 
and has secured some notable convictions. He 
is learned in the law and thoroughly skilled in 



its application. He is a member of the county 
bar a3SOciation, which he has served as secre- 
tary. He is prominent in the Masonic order, 
belonging to lodge, chapter and commandery. 
He married, July 23, 1902, Lucia E., born 
January 3, 1874, daughter of Blanchard B. 
and Helena (Ferrin) Weber. Children: Irene 
Weber, born September 18, 1903 ; Ruth Marian, 
July 5, 1906. 

The Fanchers of Salamanca, 
FAXCHER New York,descend from Enos 

Fancher, of Herkimer county. 
New York, a farmer and a blacksmith, located 
at German Flats. He married Sally Roberts, 
of English and Welsh parentage. They had 
sons: Enos, Rufus, George, John and William; 
daughters : Harriet, Sally and Amanda. 

(II) Captain William Fancher, son of Enos 
and Sally (Roberts) Fancher, was born at 
German Flats, Herkimer county. New York, 
June I, 1823, died May 24, 1862, a veteran of 
two wars. His father died when he was yet 
an infant, but his mother kept her boys with 
her, and William was given a good common 
school education. When he reached the age 
of sixteen years he went to work with his 
brother, George Fancher, of West Winfield, 
Herkimer county, to learn the blacksmith's 
trade. He remained with him one year, but, 
not liking the business, he left and enlisted in 
the United States regular army, July 13, 1841, 
for a term of five years. He enlisted in Al- 
bany, and was honorably discharged at the 
expiration of his term of enlistment, at New 
York City, July, 1846, having attained the 
rank of first sergeant. Company F, Second 
Regiment, United States Infantry. He saw 
hard service during these five years, first in 
Florida against the Indians, and with General 
Scott's army during the Mexican war. He 
fought in many of the battles of that war, and 
was present at the taking of the city of Mexico, 
and the battles preceding its surrender to Gen- 
eral Scott. After the close of the Mexican 
war he was, for some time, engaged as recruit- 
ing officer for the United States army. After 
his discharge from the army, in 1846, he en- 
listed in the United States navy, serving four 
years, and gaining the rank of lieutenant. Dur- 
ing this period he saw service in foreign waters, 
his vessel being part of the fleet sent to China 
and Japan. He was honorably discharged in 
San Francisco, in 1850, and, for a time, was 
employed in the custom house in that city. In 

the spring of 1851 he joined his brother, John 
Fancher, at Leon, New York, and with him 
worked, for a year, at the blacksmith's trade. 
At the end of the year the brothers bought a 
fann of one hundred and forty-six acres in the 
east part of the town of Leon, which Lieuten- 
ant Fancher cultivated until the outbreak of 
the civil war. He was popular in the town and 
held the office of supervisor as well as other 
responsible positions. In the spring of 1861 
a company of home guards was formed in the 
town, of which he was elected captain. In 
September, 1861, he enlisted in the United 
States army and was commissioned captain 
of Company K, Sixty-fourth Regiment, New 
York Volunteers. He saw active service with 
his regiment until the latter part of March, 
1862, when he was stricken down by typhoid 
fever. May i, of that year, he was granted a 
furlough and returned home. He reached the 
residence of his father-in-law, Thomas Mills, 
May 17, and died there. May 24, 1862. He 
was a brave soldier, a good citizen, a man of 
strict integrity and was held in the highest 

He married, September, 1852, Lydia Mills, 
bom December 15, 1832, in Leon, died May 9, 
1886, daughter of Thomas and Nancy (Mc- 
Lauthlin) Mills, and granddaughter of David 
McLauthlin. Children: i. Evangeline, bom 
June 22, 1853; married, January 21, 1872, Dr. 
Alvin A. Hubbell; child, Beulah, born June 
27f 1873, married, January 19, 1895, Ernest 
Ward Olmstead, and has Ward Hubbell, bom 
August 28, 1897, and Richard Hubbell, July 
24, 1900. 2. Albert T., of further mention. 
Captain William Fancher is buried at Leon 

(Ill) Albert T., only son of Captain Will- 
iam and Lydia (Mills) Fancher, was born 
January 18, 1859, in the town of Leon, Catta- 
raugus county. New York. He was educated 
in the public schools and at Chamberlain Insti- 
tute. He engaged in farming and mercantile 
business for mafty years in Leon, but has 
always been heavily interested in oil produc- 
tion. He is president and manager of the 
Finante Oil Company, operating wells in In- 
dian Territory and Oklahoma. He owns many 
valuable oil properties that have made him a 
wealthy man, and are still producing large 
quantities. Mr. Fancher is a man of great 
energy and business ability, and the success 
that has come to him has been fairly earned. 
Reverses have never discouraged him, but 



rather spurred him on to greater effort. He 
has given much time to the public service, both 
in county and state. He was supervisor four 
years, clerk of Cattaraugus county three years ; 
member of the state assembly four consecutive 
terms, 1898-1902; member of the state senate, 
elected in 1892 by a plurality of twelve thou- 
sand, reelected to the senate, in 1904, by a 
plurality of fifteen thousand, reelected in 1906 
by a plurality in excess of ten thousand. He 
served on the important senate committees: 
Indian affairs, (chairman); railroads; insur- 
ance, (chairman); internal affairs; engrossed 
bills; railroads, commerce and navigation; 
military affairs and agriculture. He was chair- 
man of the committees on insurance during 
his last term, and of Indian affairs during his 
first two. He is a Republican in politics and 
affiliated with many of the fraternal and social 
organizations of SalamancSi. He is identified 
with the financial, industrial and commercial 
development of his village, in which he takes 
a deep interest. He married Mayme Darragh, 
January 26, 1909. 

The surname Whitmore is 
WHITMORE identical with Whittemore, 

the former being the more 
common spelling in the English family. The 
name is of local origin, the family taking their 
name from the Manor of Whitmore, or Whyte- 
mere, of Staffordshire. England. This manor 
was granted by the '^Conqueror'' to Ricardus 
Forestariers, according to the Book of Domes- 
day, 1086. He had as tenants Ulfac, Aldwin, 
Amulf and Avisa, the latter it is supposed 
being the Saxon owner of the place. Avisa de 
Whitmore also held lands from the Conqueror 
in other parts of England. The English line- 
age is traced from iioo through sixteen gen- 
erations to Thomas Whittemore ( 2 ) , the Amer- 
ican ancestor, born in Hartfordshire, England, 
came to New England prior to 1640, settled at 
Charlestown (Maiden), Massachusetts. He 
had three wives and thirteen children. The 
line of descent is through his second son Dan- 
iel, his son John, his son David, who settled in 
Litchfield, New Hampshire. His son Jacob, 
bom 1746, in Litchfield, married Eliza Davis. 

(VI) Eli, son of Jacob Whitmore, came to 
Onondaga county. New York, settling in the 
town of Skaneateles, where he followed farm- 
ing. He married and had children: Elias, of 
whom further, and Abram (q. v.). 

(VII) Elias, son of Eli Whitmore, was born 

September 22, 1802, died October 5, 1875. He 
came to Onondaga county with his father, 
married there, and, in 1828, with his wife, 
came to Chautauqua county, New York. They 
traveled in a sled drawn by two oxen, with 
all their belongings packed on the sled. Elias 
settled in the town of Sherman on lot i, range 
14, which he purchased from the Holland Land 
Company. His lot contained one hundred acres 
for which he paid one dollar and a quarter per 
acre. He cleared his farm and lived there 
until his death, well known and respected. He 
was a member of the Baptist church, first a 
Whig, later a Republican. 

He married, in 1827, Betsey Norton, born 
October 11, 181 1, died November, 1888, daugh- 
ter of Eland Norton and granddaughter of 
Major Norton, of Onondaga county, an officer 
of the revolution. He died at the great age of 
one hundred and eight years. Children of 
Elias Whitmore : i. Amelia T., born December, 
1829, died 1898; married Helenas H. Hawks. 
2. David R., July, 1831, died October, 1875: a 
veteran of Company E, Ninth Regiment, New 
York Cavalry. 3. Eli (2), April 30, 1833, 
died September, 1850. 4. Sarah, September 
22, 1837; married George W. Rice. 5. Jabez. 
1839, died in infancy. 6. Qiarles W^, of fur- 
ther mention. 7. Esther, November, 1843 : 
married William H. Hubbard. 8. Alice, Janu- 
ary 29, 1853, died 1899; married Burt Moore. 

(VIII) Charles Willard, sixth child and 
third son of Elias and Betsey (Norton) Whit- 
more, was born in a log house in Sherman, 
Chautauqua county, New York, June 21, 1841. 
He was educated in public and private schools, 
working on the farm during the summer 
months. At the age of nineteen years he began 
teaching, boarding around among the patrons 
of the school. His salary was one dollar per 
day. On April 20, 1861, being not yet twenty 
years of age, he enlisted, for three months, in 
the Sixty-eight Regiment, New York militia. 
His regiment drilled in Jamestown, but the 
term of service of the men expired before the 
regiment was mustered in. On May 28, 1861, 
he enlisted in Company B, Seventy-second 
Regiment, New York Infantry, as a private. 
He was mustered into the United States serv- 
ice at Staten Island, New York, his being the 
first company to leave Chautauqua county for 
the front. He served his time in the Seventy- 
second, and, December 7, 1863, reenlisted in 
Company L, Fifteenth Regiment, New York 
Cavalry; on June 17, 1865, he was transferred 

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to Company L, Second New York Provisional 
Cavalry. He was honorably discharged, Sep- 
tember 7, 1865, at Louisville, Kentucky, and 
paid off at Elmira, New York. He then return- 
ed to his home iil Chautauqua county, where 
he followed agriculture until 1872. He then 
became a book agent, at which he was very 
successful. He sold Grant's "Tour of the 
World*' and Blaine's "Twenty Years in Con- 
gress," in the meantime studying law and fit- 
ting himself for that profession. He was ad- 
mitted to the New York bar in 1881, practiced 
until 1885 in Chautauqua county, then moved 
to the state of Kansas, where he took up a 
homestead under the "Soldiers Act." He re- 
ceived his patent from the government after a 
year's residence, and» in 1889, was admitted to 
practice in the state courts, and, in 1891, was 
admitted to the supreme court. A new county 
was organized and he was given the privilege 
of naming it after his old New York home and 
birthplace, Sherman. In 1896 he was elected 
judge of the probate court of Sherman county, 
holding until 1900. In 1901 he disposed of his 
Kansas interests and returned to Chautauqua 
county, later setthng at Jamestown, where he 
has an office. He has retired from active prac- 
tice, his business being pension attorney, money 
brokerage and real estate. 

Judge Whitmore has given a great deal of 
time and interest to the Grand Army of the 
Republic, having helped to organize several 
posts. In 1866 he was one of the organizers 
of the post at Panama, Chautauqua county: 
was a charter member and an organizer of 
James M. Brown Post, of Jamestown, Septem- 
ber 6, 1882, also Sheldon Post, Sherman, New 
York, of which he was the first adjutant and 
later commander. In 1884 and 1885 he was 
assistant department inspector of the state of 
New York. On going to Kansas he took a 
transfer from his own post and at Good Land, 
Kansas, organized William S. Robertson Post, 
No. 428, of which he was commander, and 
also assisted in organizing Black Eagle Post, 
No. 453, at Horton, Kansas. In 1891 he took 
a transfer from William S. Robertson Post 
and joined Lincoln Post, No. i, at Topeka, 
Kansas. On May 7, 1909, he transferred and 
rejoined James M. Brown Post, at Jamestown, 
New York, which he helped to organize before 
removing west. He is a life member of Siloam 
Lodge, No. 225, Free and Accepted Masons, 
at Topeka, Kansas, having been complimented 

by a unanimous vote of the lodge and given a 
life membership, in response to his request for 
a demit after coming east. He is a member 
of the Methodist Episcopal church, and a Re- 

He married (first) Helen Sabin. born May 
10, 1850, daughter of Dr. William Sabin, of 
French Creek, New Y'ork. Child: William 
Leverne, bom January 15, 1869, died March 
15, 1879.. His wife died January 10, 1891. 
He married ( second ) , January 28, 1901, Jennie 
Smith, born May 18, 1849. 

The name is used in 
WH ITTEMORE England and America in 

both forms, W^hitmore 
and Whittemore, members of the same family 
using both spellings. 

( VII ) Abram Whittemore, son of Eli Whit- 
more (q. v.), was born in New Hampshire, 
where he continued his residence until death. 
He was engaged in manufacturing. He mar- 
ried Martha Marshall. Children: Amos, a 
farmer : Rev. Joseph Richards, whose son is a 
graduate of Amherst College and a minister of 
the Congregational church : Paul Cragin ; John 
Mark ; Abram ; Martha ; Mary. 

(VIII) Abram (2), son of Abram (i) 
Whittemore, was born on the New Hampshire 
farm, February 8, 1823, died October 4, 1902. 
in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He resided in 
the west for many years, going to Milwaukee. 
Wisconsin, about 1848. He was engaged in 
the book business there until 1902, member of 
firm of Rood & Whittemore, and then came to 
Wilkes-Barre. He was a member of the Con- 
gregational church and for many years was 
clerk of Plymouth Church in Milwaukee. He 
married, October 4, 1854, in Milwaukee, Sarah 
Cornelia Stoddard, daughter of Lyman Stod- 
der (see Stodder VIII). Children: i. Mary 
Cornelia, of Buffalo. New York. 2. Charles 
Albert, of Withee, Wisconsin. 3. Arthur C. 
of East Aurora, New York. 4. Gertrude A., 
died in infancy. 5. George Abram, died young. 
6. Sarah Estelle, died in infancy. 7. Foristall 
Grahame, an osteopathic physician of Ham- 
burg, Erie county. New York. 8. Hartford, 
deceased, g. Marion Alice, graduate of the 
Atlantic School of Osteopath, D. O. ; now in 
practice in Buffalo. Mrs. Abram Whittemore 
survives her husband, residing at No. 302 Hud- 
son street, Buffalo. 



(The Stodder Line). 

The name is derived from the office of 
standard bearer, and was anciently written De 
la Standard. The coat-of-arms of the ancient 
family of Stodder or Stoddard of London is : 
Sable : three etoiles and a bordure gules. Crest : 
Out of a ducal coronet a demi horse, salient 
ermine. Motto: Festina lente. In the office 
of Heraldry, England, the following origin of 
the family in England is found: "WilHam 
Stoddard, knight, came from Normandy to 
England with VVilliam the Conqueror, who 
was his cousin. Of his descendants there is 
record of Richard Stoddard, of Nottingham, 
Kent, near Eltham, about seven miles from 
London Bridge, where was located the family 
estate of about four hundred acres, which was 
in possession of the family in 1490, how much 
before is not known, and continued until the 
death of Nicholas Stoddard, a bachelor, in 
1765." The name is found as Stodder, Stodar, 
Stoddar and Stoddard. 

(I) John Stodder, the planter and ancestor 
of all the famiHes who bore that surname in 
Hingh^m, Massachusetts, and vicinity, had a 
grant of land there in 1638. He was made a 
freeman, May 18, 1642, when he was called 
"of Hull.'' The Christian name of his wife, 
whom he probably married in England, was 
Anna or Hannah. John Stodder died Decem- 
ber 19, 1661. His will mentions three sons 
and one daughter. Children: John, Hannah, 
Elizabeth, Daniel, Samuel. 

(H) Samuel, son of John Stodder, the emi- 
grant, was born in Hingham, Massachusetts, 
June 14, 1640, died September 16, 1731, aged 
ninety-one years. He was selectman in 1691, 
and known as "sergeant." He married (first), 
January 6, 1666. Elizabeth Gill, baptized in 
Hingham, June, 1647, died May 8, 1693, daugh- 
ter of Thomas and Hannah (Otis) Gill. He 
married (second), January 12, 1699, Mrs. 
Martha (Beal) Chubbuck. Children by first 
wife: Elizabeth, Tabitha, Samuel, Mary, Ste- 
phen, Thomas, Simon, Rachel, Jeremiah, Jon- 
athan; David, died young; David. 

(HI) Jeremiah, son of. Samuel Stodder, 
was born in Hingham, Massachusetts, Novem- 
ber 3, 1683, died May 4, 1763. He followed 
the trade of shipwright in Hingham. He mar- 
ried Elizabeth (surname unknown), who died 
December 18, 1775, aged eighty-eight years. 
Children: Jeremiah, Zebulon, Elizabeth, Sea- 
burf, Elijah, Samuel, John, Mary, Noah, Reu- 

(IV) Jeremiah (2), son of Jeremiah (i) 
Stodder, was born in Hingham, Massachusetts, 
November 7, 1709, died July 2, 1790. He fol- 
lowed his father's trade, shipwright. He mar- 
ried (first), June 12, 1729, Sarah Macvarlo, 
born in Hingham, March 2, 171 1, died January 
29* 1775- fi^ married (second) Mrs. Lydia 
(Vickery) (Low) Goold, widow of Joshua 
Goold, her second husband. Children by first 
wife: Isaiah, Sarah, James, Mary, Jeremiah, 
Sarah, Enoch, David; Rhoda, died young; 
Matthew, Rhoda, Huldah, Elizabeth, Noah. 

(V) Jeremiah (3), son of Jeremiah (2) 
Stodder, was born in Hingham, Massachusetts, 
May 5, 1738. He moved to Bellingham, Mas- 
sachusetts, where he died. He married, March 
13, 1760, Rebecca Bates, born in Hingham, 
November 9, 1740, daughter of Isaac and Mar- 
tha (Clark) Bates. Children: Elijah, Elzekiel. 
Jeremiah, Rebecca. 

(VI) Ezekiel, son of Jeremiah (3) Stod- 
der, was bom in Hingham, Massachusetts, Au- 
gust 15, 1762, died there, 1822, He married, 
October 30, 1784, Lucy Forrester, of Belling- 
ham, and settled in Upton, Massachusetts, 
where his marriage is recorded and the birth 
of his children. Lucy, his wife, died July 28, 
1844. Children: Elijah, born November 28, 
1785; Ezra, November 8, 1787, died young; 
Lucy, December 11, 1788; Lyman, March 16, 
1 791 ; Polly, April 19, 1793; Lucretia, August 
15» 179s J Austin, December 30, 1797, died 
young; Electa, July 13, 1799; Ezekiel, August 
4, 1801, died young; Hartford, November 22, 
1803; Rebekah, March 14, 1807; Rev. Ezekiel, 
April 7, 1810. 

(VII) Lyman, third son of Ezekiel Stod- 
der, was born in Upton, Massachusetts, March 
16, 1791. He resided in Upton until after the 
birth of his children, who are all recorded in 
Upton under the spelling Stoddard, his own 
and that of all his brothers and sisters being 
Stodder in the record of births. In 1838 he 
located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he 
engaged in the lumber business until his death. 
He is buried in Forest Home cemetery in that 
city. He married, 1819, Apphia Colburn, born 
in Lebanon, New Hampshire, 1798, died 1840. 
daughter of Benjamin and Marion (Wood ) 
Colburn, of Lebanon, a descendant of Edward 
Colburn, the emigrant. Children: Henrietta 
Maria, born January 9, 1820 ; Ezekiel A., Janu- 
ary 5, 1822; Almira Wood, August 25, 1824; 
Maryette E., May 14, 1826; Sarah Cornelia, 
March 24, 1828; Jane A., twin of Sarah C. ; 



George L,, born August 2, 1831 ; James H., 
March 21, 1835; Charles C, died in infancy. 
(VIII) Sarah Cornelia Stoddard, daughter 
of Lyman Stodder, was born in Upton, Massa- 
chusetts, March 24, 1828. She married, Octo- 
ber 4, 1854, Abram (2) Whittemore (see 
Whittemore VIII). 

The following is the coat-of- 
WILLIAMS arms of the ancient family 

of Williams in Wales, Lin- 
colnshire and Yorkshire, which families be- 
came one by marriage : Sable, a lion rampant 
argent, armed and langried gules. Crest: A 
cock. The name of Williams is very ancient, 
and probably extends throughout the civilized 
world. Most of the original members of the 
name were doubtless of Welsh extraction. The 
genealogy is traced by various writers to 
remote periods, but there is little definite infor- 
mation at hand prior to the time of Oliver 
Cromwell, the Protector, whom, Carlyle says, 
was a Williams. Oliver Cromwell was born 
April 25, 1599. Carlyle says he descended 
from General Williams, of Berkshire, or Mor- 
gan Williams, of Glamorganshire. The "Ency- 
clopedia Americana" says the genealogy of 
Cromwell is traced to Richard Williams, who 
assumed the name of Cromwell from his 
maternal uncle, Thomas Cromwell, Secretary 
of State to Henry VIII., and through William, 
ap Yevan ap, to the barons of the eleventh 
century. Farmer in his genealogy says : "Rob- 
ert Williams, of Roxbury, was the common 
ancestor of the divines, civilians and warriors 
of the name who have honored the country of 
their birth." It has also been said that the his- 
tory of the Williams family in America em- 
braces a considerable portion of the history of 
New England if not of the United States. The 
name of Roger Williams can never be for- 
gotten while the city of Providence stands, nor 
can that of William Williams as long as there 
is a list of the signers of the Declaration of 
Independence in existence. Military men of 
high rank have abounded in every war. Col- 
onel Ephraim Williams was the founder of 
Williams College. In civil life the name is 
equally prominent. 

(I) Robert Williams came from Norwich, 
England, in 1638, and was admitted a freeman 
of Roxbury, Massachusetts, in that year. He 
died in Roxbury, September i, 1693, said to 
have been nearly one hundred years of age. 
His first wife was Elizabeth Stratton, whom 


he married in England. She died July 28, 
1674, at the age of eighty years. He married 
(second) Martha Strong, who died in 1704, 
in her ninety-second year. His gravestone 
cannot be found in the Roxbury burying 
ground, although those of his wife Elizabeth 
and his son Samuel have been identified. 
Children of first wife: Samuel, of further 
mention, Isaac, born 1638; Stephen, 1640*; 
Thomas, died young. 

(II) Deacon Samuel Williams, eldest son 
of Robert and Elizabeth (Stratton) Williams, 
was born in England, in 1632, died September 
28, 1698. He settled in Roxbury, and became 
a freeman March, 1658. He was held in high 
repute and was deacon of the church for many 
years. He married Theoda, daughter of 
Deacon William Park, of Roxbury, a man of 
prominence, who came from England. She 
survived her husband and married (second) 
Stephen Peck. She died August 26, 1718. 
Children: Elizabeth, died in infancy; Samuel 
(2), married (first) Sarah May, (second) 
Dorothy (Wolf) Dtnison; Martha, died in 
childhood; Elizabeth, married Stephen Paine; 
Theoda, died in childhood; John, of further 
mention; Ebenezer, settled in Stonington, 
Connecticut; Deborah, married Joseph War- 
ren, she was grandmother of General Joseph 
Warren, who fell at Bunker Hill, June 17, 
1775; Martha, married Jonathan Hunt; Abi- 
gail, married Experience Porter; Park, mar- 
ried Priscilla , and settled at New Lon- 
don, Connecticut. 

(III) Rev. John Williams, son of Deacon 
Samuel and Theoda (Park) Williams, was 
bom at Roxbury, Massachusetts, December 10, 
1664, died at Deerfield, June 12, 1729. He was 
educated at Harvard College through the gen- 
erosity of his maternal grandfather, Deacon 
William Park, and was graduated in 1683, at 
the age of nineteen years. He studied for the 
ministry and became the first minister to the 
church of Deerfield, Massachusetts, in the 
spring of 1686. Deerfield was then a frontier 
settlement and continually exposed to Indian 
attack. His salary was to be sixty pounds 
yearly, later raised to eighty pounds, "the town 
to pay this salary to me in pease, wheat, Indian 
corn and pork." Soon after his settlement at 
Deerfield he married, and continued as pastor 
until January 29, 1703, when Deerfield was 
captured and burned by a party of two hun- 
dred French and one hundred and forty 
Indians. He, with his wife and five children, 



were made prisoners, his two youngest sons 
were murdered before his eyes, and on the 
journey to Canada his wife was tomahawked 
because her strength failed and she could not 
keep up with the rapidly moving party. Her 
body was shortly afterward found by a party 
of men from Deerfield and brought back and 
buried in the Deerfield burying ground, where 
her gravestone bears this inscription : '*Here 
lyeth the body of Mrs. Eunice Williams, the 
virtuous and desirable consort of the Reverend 
John Williams and daughter of Reverend 
Eleazer and Mrs. Esther Mather of Northamp- 
ton. She was born August 2, 1664, and fell by 
the rage of the barbarous enemy. March i, 
1703-4. Her children rise up and call her 
blessed." Rev. Williams was carried to Can- 
ada and held prisoner one year and nine 
months, was then redeemed, and left Quebec 
October 25, 1706, and arrived safely at Boston, 
November 21, with fifty-seven other ransomed 
prisoners, among them two of his children. 
He accepted a call from his old church and 
returned there in December. About 1709 he 
was appointed chaplain in the army in the ex- 
pedition against Canada, but soon returned. 
He died in Deerfield, aged sixty-five years. 
He was a faithful minister of the Gospel and 
a writer of no mean ability. He was widely 
known and held in high estimation, as may be 
learned by his appointment to preach to a 
general convention of clergymen of Massa- 
chusetts at Boston. His first wife, Eunice 
Mather, was daughter of Rev. Eleazer, son 
of Richard Mather, of Dorchester, born in the 
county of Lancaster in 1 596 ; she was a grand- 
daughter of Rev. John Warham, minister of 
Exeter, England, came to New England and 
was minister at Windham, Connecticut. His 
second wife was Abigail Allen, cousin of his 
first. She died June 21, 1754. Children of 
first wife: i. Eliakim, died young. 2. Rev. 
Eleazer, born July i, 1688; graduate of Har- 
vard College : ordained minister of the church 
at Mansfield, Connecticut, October 10, 1710. 
He was absent from Deerfield when the town 
was destroyed, thus escaping the fate that 
overtook the rest of his family. He married 
Mary Hobart, and had issue. 3. Samuel, was 
taken captive and carried to Canada, redeemed, 
returned to Deerfield, where he died at the age 
of t\yenty-four years ; unmarried. 4. Esther, 
carried away captive, returned and married 
Rev. John Meacham; no male issue survived 
infancy. 5. Stephen, of further mention. 6. 

Eunice, carried away captive when eight years 
of age. When the others were redeemed she 
was left among the Indians and no money 
could procure her redemption. She soon for- 
got the English language, became an Indian 
in her habits, married an Indian, by name 
De Rogers, and bore him three children. After 
1758 she visited Deerfield in her Indian dress 
and attended meeting in her father's church. 
Every effort was made to persuade her to leave 
the Indians and remain among her relatives, 
but she preferred the Indian mode of life and 
never forsook them. She lived to a great age, 
and made two other visits to her childhood 
home. 7. Rev. Warham, was taken prisoner 
with his father, being but four years of age. 
He survived captivity for three years, and 
after being graduated from Harvard, 1719, 
studied divinity, and was ordained minister of 
Watertown, west precinct, now Waltham, June 
II, 1723, continuing until February 10, 1751, 
when, as he was pronouncing the benediction, 
he was stricken with palsy and died the follow- 
ing June. He married Abigail Leonard of 
Norton, and had issue. 8. John, born January 
15, 1703-4, was slain by the Indians at the 
taking of Deerfield. 9. Eliakim (2), died 
young. Children of Rev. John Williams by 
second wife: John, died young; Eliakim; 
Elijah: Abigail, married (first) Colonel Hins- 
dale, (second) Colonel Benjamin Silliman, no 
issue ; Sarah, died aged eighteen years. 

(IV') Rev. Stephen Williams, son of Rev. 
John Williams and his first wife, Eunice 
(Mather) Williams, was born in Deerfield. 
Massachusetts, May 14, 1693, died June 10, 
1782, in the ninetieth year of his age and the 
sixty-sixth of his ministry^ He was captured 
by the Indians, January 29, 1703, and with 
his father, brothers and sister, carried to Can- 
ada; was redeemed and returned to Boston, 
November 21, 1705. On his return from cap- 
tivity he was educated at Harvard, graduating 
in 171 3. He kept a school at Hadley one year 
afterward, and then went to Longmeadow, 
Massachusetts, November 4, 17 14, to preach. 
He was ordained minister over that church 
and society, July 3, 1718. He served his coun- 
try as chaplain for the armies in three cam- 
paigns at Cape Breton, in 1745, from which 
he returned sick to Boston in December, recov- 
ering and returning home February i, 1746. 
He was at Lake George in 1755-56, and was 
chaplain of the regiment commanded by his 
kinsman, Colonel Ephraim Williams, killed in 



an early morning scout, September 8, 1755. 
In 1756 he was chaplain in the regiment com- 
manded by another kinsman, Dr. Thomas 
Williams, of Deerfield. He came home sick 
before the army disbanded. He was a faithful 
chaplain, much loved and honored by officers 
and men. He was instrumental in sending a 
missionary to the Indians at Stockbridge, 
going to New Haven, September 9, 1734, and 
engaging Rev. John Sergeant for that purpose. 
He published a sermon at the ordination of 
John Keep at Sheffield in 1772, and left many 
interesting manuscripts. He died in the sixty- 
sixth year of his active ministry, seven of his 
sons being present at his funeral. Yale Col- 
lege conferred the honorary degree of Doctor 
of Divinity in 1741, and Dartmouth the same 
honor in 1773. He married, soon after his 
ordination, Abigail Davenport, of Stamford, 
Connecticut, died August 26, 1766. He mar- 
ried (second), September 6, 1767, Sarah, 
widow of Deacon Nathaniel Burt, and daugh- 
ter of David Chapin, of Chicopee. She died 
November 10, 1790, aged eighty-four years. 
Children by first marriage: i. John, married 
Ann Colton ; nine children. 2. Stephen, grad- 
uate of Yale College ; was ordained at Wood- 
stock, Second Society. November, 1747; mar- 
ried Martha Hunt; six children. 3. Eunice, 
married William Stebbins ; their child, William 
Stebbins, was a graduate of Yale, and for 
twenty-nine years minister at Stratford, Con- 
necticut. 4. Warham, of further mention. 5. 
Ensign Samuel, married Lucy Burt ; eight chil- 
dren; a daughter, Jerusha Mather Williams, 
was for many years preceptress of Deerfield 
Academy. 6. Lieutenant Davenport, died aged 
twenty-seven years. 7. Martha, married 
(first) a Mr. Reynolds, (second) Deacon Ely, 
of Longmeadow. Her children were by her 
first husband, who was a son of Rev. Peter 
Reynolds, of Enfield, Connecticut. 8. Rev. 
Nathan, graduated at New Haven College, 
1756; ordained at Tolland, Connecticut, April 
30, 1760, died April 15, 1829, in the ninety- 
fourth year of his age and sixty-sixth of his 
ministry, having been a member of the church 
for seventy years ; married Mary, daughter of 
Captain Eliakim Hall, of Wallingford, Con- 

(V) Rev. Warham Williams, son of Rev. 
Stephen and Abigail (Davenport) Williams, 
was bom at Longmeadow, Massachusetts, Jan- 
uary 7, 1726, died April 4, 1788. He was 
graduated at Yale College, 1745, after having 

been four years tutor of the college. He 
studied divinity, was ordained pastor of the 
church at North ford, January 13, 1750, at 
which time the church was gathered. North- 
ford was a parish of Branford, Connecticut. 
From 1769 to 1788 he was a fellow of the Cor- 
poration of Yale College, in which office and in 
the ministry he continued until his death, in 
the sixty-third year of his age and thirty- 
eighth of his ministry. He married, November 
13, 1752, Ann, daughter of Rev. Samuel Hall, 
of Cheshire. She died March — , 1776. He 
married (second) Mrs. Whiting, widow of 
Colonel William Whiting, of New Haven. 
Children, all by first wife: i. Warham, mar- 
ried Ann Wilford. 2. Stephen, of further 
mention. 3. Samuel Hall. 4. Davenport, mar- 
ried Mary Atwater. 5. Ann, married (first) 
Rev. Jason Atwater, (second) Rev. Lynde 
Huntington, (third) Rev. Barker. 6. William 
Augustus, married Betsey Chapin, of Hart- 
ford. 7. Lucy, married Elihu Foote. 8. Abi- 
gail, died young. 9. Abigail (2), married Ste- 
phen Maltby. 10. Eunice Kilbourne Cooke. 
II. Samuel. 12. Sarah, born March, 1776, 
married Dr. Pynchon. 

(VI) Stephen, son of Rev. Warham and 
Ann (Hall) Williams, was born at Long- 
meadow, Massachusetts, December 31, 1754. 
He settled in the town of Vernon, Oneida 
county. New York, about 1798, died there May 
2, 1823. He was a farmer by occupation. He 
was a member of the Masonic order, and for 
many years had been chaplain of his lodge. 
He married Eunice Taintor. Children: i. 
Eunice, married Dr. John F. Gray, of New 
York. 2. Aurelia. 3. Jonathan Law, died 
without issue. 4. Stephen, married and died 
in Vernon, Oneida county. New York, about 
1840; children: Henry, Julien, James, Eliza- 
beth, Abigail. 5. Ezra, of further mention. 
6. Harry, died without issue. 

(VII) Dr. Ezra Williams, third son of 
Stephen and Eunice (Taintor) Williams, was 
born at Wallingford, Connecticut, September 
6, 1789. died at Dunkirk, New York, March 
25, i860. He studied medicine, and practiced 
his profession in Utica, New York, until 1820, 
when with wife and two children he removed 
to Western New York, going to BuflFalo by 
the Erie canal. He there boarded a steam- 
boat, intending to go to Sandusky, Ohio. 
When they arrived at Dunkirk (a stopping 
point for lake boats) he was so impressed with 
the location that he went no farther. He pur- 



chased a farm of one thousand acres, princi- 
pally timber land, cleared a farm, and ever 
afterward lived there. This home was at what 
is now Seventh street and Central avenue, and 
the entire farm is now covered with streets 
and dwellings. He divided his tract 'into small 
farms and had many tenants clearing and cul- 
tivating. He erected saw mills, had a black- 
smith shop on his property, and was one of 
the pioneer founders of Dunkirk to whom the 
growth and prosperity of that city and section 
is due. He married, at Utica, New York, 
October 4, 181 5, Sarah Austin King Clarke, 
daughter of Rev. Walter King, of Norwich, 
Connecticut, a Congregational minister who 
was stricken by death in his pulpit, while con- 
ducting a service. Sarah, when a young girl, 
was adopted by her aunt, Mrs. Erastus Clarke, 
of Utica. Her mother's maiden name was 
Austin, and her grandmother's maiden name 
was Porter, a second cousin of Peter Porter, 
the original settler at Niagara Falls. Sarah Will- 
iams died January 6, 1856. Children: i. Erastus 
Qark, bom at Utica, New York, September 6, 
1816; married (first) Corinne M. Webster, 
(second) Helen M. O'Brien; three children by 
first wife. 2. King Stephen, bom at Utica, died 
aged two and one-half years. 3. Julien Porter, 
died in infancy. 4. Emelie Sophie, married at 
Ehinkirk, October 24, 1842, Rev. Charles Louis 
Hequembourg (seeHequembourg) ; seven chil- 
dren. 5. Heloise Electa, married April 22, 
1844, Theodore Hequembourg, brother of Rev. 
Charles; six children; she died May, 1872, 
and he married (second) Mrs. Almeda Gould. 
6. King Porter, died aged two years. 7. Ade- 
laide Aurelie, died unmarried, at the age of 
forty-five years. 8. Julien Taintor, of further 
mention. 9. Theodora King, died unmarried, 
at the age of twenty-five years. 10. Catherine 
Augusta, married, January 2, 1854, Charles H. 
Whitney, of Boston. 11. Walter King, mar- 
ried, July 6, 1862, Rebecca Laura Thompson ; 
two children. 12. Henry George, died aged 
eighteen years. 

(Vni) Julien Taintor, eighth child of Dr. 
Ezra and Sarah King Clarke Williams, was 
born in Dunkirk, New York, November 15, 
1828, died April 10, 1905. His academical 
education was obtained in the Dunkirk and 
Fredonia Academies, graduating from the 
latter in 1849. Deciding upon the profession 
of medicine, he entered Buffalo Medical Col- 
lege, where he took a two years' course, sup- 
plemented by a course in Castleton Medical 

College, V^ermont, whence he was graduated 
M. D. in 1851. He located in Dunkirk, where 
until 1882 he was engaged in practice of his 
profession and in the drug business. In the 
latter year he purchased the plant of the Dun- 
kirk Printing Company, and later a newspaper 
plant, publishing The Grape Belt. The Dun- 
kirk Printing Company, of which he became 
editor-in-chief, published the Evening Ob- 
server, The Grape Belt and the Chautauqua 
Farmer, all influential papers of Chautauqua 
county, and of lasting benefit to that county 
and the city of Dunkirk. His sons were asso- 
ciated in the publishing business with him, and 
are now ( 191 1 ) still at the head of the corpor- 
ation. Dr. Williams always g^tve much of his 
valuable time to the public service. In 1858 
he was elected a member of the Dunkirk 
Board of Education, a position he held for 
nearly half a century. In 1864 he was elected 
to the New York State Assembly, served one 
term, and was again elected in 1885. In 1865 
he was appointed by Governor Fenton one of 
the three commissioners to locate and erect 
Willard Hospital. In 1887 he was elected 
supervisor to represent Dunkirk in the count)' 
board, serving until 1891. He was always a 
firm supporter of the Republican party, and 
was a leader in Western New York. He was 
a man of positive convictions, a fearless but 
fair fighter, and had the respect even of those 
opposed to him politically. He was well 
known, and maintained a high reputation for 
integrity and uprightness of •character. He 
married, at Dunkirk, December 15, 185 1, Julia 
King Thompson, daughter of Ebenezer Rum- 
ford Thompson, bom in Woburn, Massachu- 
setts, graduate of Harvard College, class of 
1816, and at his death in 1880 was the last sur- 
vivor of his class ; he married Eunice Draper. 
Ebenezer R. was a son of Elbenezer (i) and 
Rhoda (Putnam) Thompson. She was a near 
relative of General Israel Putnam. Ebenezer 
(i) was a son of Hiram Thompson, a soldier 
of the revolution, and first cousin to Benjamin 
Thompson, the celebrated "Count Rum ford," 
of Massachusetts, a brilliant and much mis- 
understood character of the revolutionary 
period. Children of Dr. Julien T. and Julia 
King (Thompson) Williams, all bom in Dun- 
kirk, New York: i. Henrietta Clark, bom 
September 10, 1853, died there March 14, 
191 1 ; married Walter Scott, of Philadelphia, 
Pennsylvania; children: Walter Rumford, died 
1892; Geraldine Dunbar; Maxwell Williams; 



Adelaide Louise. 2. Henry Kirk, of further 
mention. 3. Jessie Carlisle, married Charles 
Watson Hinkley, of Chicago, Illinois; child: 
Gerald Watson, bom February 12, 1889. 4. 
(ieraldine, born October 16, i860, died May 
9, 1867. 5. Adelaide Thornpson, married Dr. 
Harry Draper White, of Rome, New York; 
child, Julia Kirk White. 6. Mabel Walton, un- 
married. 7. Gerald Bismarck, born April i, 
1870; educated in Dunkirk Union Schools; at 
the age of nineteen years entered the employ 
of the Dunkirk Printing Company, then con- 
trolled by his father and brother, was later 
admitted to the corporation, and in 1900 was 
elected vice-president and secretary, a position 
he now fills. He is editor of the Evening Ob- 
server. In 1903 he was appointed private sec- 
retary by Lieutenant-Governor Frank W. 
Higgins. He is a member of Buffalo Chapter 
Sons of the American Revolution, the Young 
Men's Association of Dunkirk, and of other 
social and fraternal organizations. He mar- 
ried, October 5, 1906, Elizabeth, daughter of 
the late John MacLeod, of Louisville, Ken- 
tucky. Oiildren : Eunice, born July 25, 1907 ; 
John MacLeod, March 24, 191 1. 

(IX) Henry Kirk, eldest sort of Dr. Julien 
Taintor and Julia King (Thompson) Williams, 
was bom in Dunkirk, New York, May 8, 1856. 
He was educated in the Dunkirk Union 
Schools, later entered Cornell University, class 
of 1880, he took a course in science and civil 
engineering, and was engineer, in charge of 
the construction of the New York, Chicago 
and St. Louis railroad, (the Nickel Plate) 
between Brocton and Angola. In 1885 he be- 
came engaged in the oil business at Bradford, 
Pennsylvania, and in 1886 was chosen presi- 
dent of the Bermuda Oil Company, continuing 
until 1888, when he became associated with his 
father in the ownership of the Dunkirk Print- 
ing Company, and has ever since been con- 
nected with that corporation as general man- 
ager, and since 1901 as president and general 
manager. The corporation publishes the Even- 
ing OJjserzfer, a daily newspaper; The Grape 
Belt, and the Chautauqua Farmer, a semi- 
weekly newspaper. Mr. Williams is a capable, 
prosperous man of business, and created one 
of the leading newspaper properties of West- 
ern New York. He is a Republican in politics, 
but demands clean candidates in order to re- 
ceive the support of his papers. He has never 
^>een an aspirant for office, although in 1896 he 

was supervisor, and in 1906 member of 

assembly from the Second Chautauqua dis- 
trict, declining a renomination. His college 
fraternity is Alpha Delti Phi, and he is prom- 
inent in the Masonic order, belonging to Dun- 
kirk Lodge, Chapter and Commandery, and 
Ismailia Temple, Nobles of" the Mystic Shrine, 
and belongs to the Benevolent and Protective 
Order of Elks. 

He married, October 10, 1889, at Bradford, 
Pennsylvania, May Elizabeth Willis, daughter 
of John and Ruth Willis. Children: i. Dor- 
othy Eunice, bom January 5, 1892. 2. Julien 
Willis, born December 28, 1893, ^'^d Septem- 
ber 4, 1898. 3. Jessie Carlisle, born July 14, 
1896. 4. Henry Kirk (2), born October 17, 
1899. 5. Julien Taintor (2), bom October 5, 

Nicholas, father of 
HEQUEMBOURG Charles Louis 

Hequembourg, the 
American ancestor of the family herein re- 
corded, was a resident of Blangy, diocese of 
Rouen, canton of Eu, France, in 1759. He 
married Marie Marthe Fauvet. Sons : Charles 
Louis, of further mention ; Nicholas, and An- 
thony. The two latter are supposed to have 
gone to Italy. 

* (II) Charles Louis, son of Nicholas and 
Marie Marthe (Fauvet) Hequembourg, was 
born as per the following copy of the register 
of baptisms, marriages and burials of the par- 
ish Church of Our Lady, of Blangy, diocese 
of Rouen, district (canton) of Eu: "To-day, 
Tuesday,. second day of October, 1759, by me 
undersigned priest, has been baptized at the 
church a boy born yesterday, from the legiti- 
mate marriage of Nicholas Hequembourg, 
marshal, and of Marie Marthe Fauvet, his 
spouse; has been named Charles Louis by 
Charles Louis Lotte, journaman tanner and 
Genevieve Beauvaier. his godfather and god- 
mother undersigned." Signed, Charles Louis 
Lotte, Genevieve Beauvaier. Witnessed No- 
vember, 1 781, under the signature and seal of 
the provost vicar. (The original of the above 
certificate is now owned by the Dunkirk fam- 

Charles Louis, in 1780 or 1781, being then 
twenty-two years of age, came to America, 
and after his marriage, May 20, 1786, to Mer- 
cey Clark, of New Haven, Connecticut, took 
up his residence at Hartford in the same 
state. Children: i. Charles, of further men- 
tion. 2. Mary, married James Brewster. 3. 



Catherine, born at Hartford, Connecticut, June 
6, 1797, died at Sumter, North Carolina, 
August 18, 1872; married Sidney Clark, of 
New York City, September 10, 1818; children: 
Joseph, Sidney, James R., Charles Louis and 
Elizabeth. Charles Louis Hequembourg died 
February 28, 1851, aged ninety-two years. 
There is no record of the death of his wife, 
Mercey Clark. 

(Ill) Charles, only son of Charles Louis 
and Mercey (Clark) Hequembourg, was bom 
at Hartford, Connecticut, October 10, 1788. 
He was a jeweler, and was engaged in business 
in New Haven, New York City, Albany, 
Newark, New Jersey, and St. Louis, Missouri, 
where he died in 1875, at the age of eighty- 
five years, his dearth occurring the same year 
as that of his eldest son, Rev. Charles Louis. 
He married Mehetable Emma Fabian Morse, 
at New Haven, Connecticut, October 11, 1810. 
Children, first six born at New Haven: i. 
Charles Louis (2), of further mention. 2. 
Emma M., born July 15, 1813, died at Dun- 
kirk, New York, May, 1899; married at Buf- 
falo, New York, 1840, Edward E. Thurber, 
3. Theodore, April 24, 181 5, died at Dunkirk, 
June 27, 1888; married (first), at Dunkirk, 
April 22, 1844, Heloise Electa Williams; 
(second), October 7, 1874, Mrs. Almeda* 
Gould, of Dunkirk. 4. William Ezekiel, Octo- 
ber 17, 1817, died July i, 1820. 5. Susan 
Catherine, I>ecember i, 1819, died at Webster 
Grove, Missouri, February 23, 1887; married, 
at Buffalo, May 8, 1843, John J. Johnson. 6. 
George William, June 6, 1821, di^d at St. 
Louis, Missouri, May 27, 1854; served in the 
Mexican war; he married, at St. Louis, 1850, 
Rebecca Harris. 7. Harriet Lansing, born at 
Albany, New York, September 23, 1823, died 
at Bunker Hill, Missouri, October 2, 1894; 
married, at St. Louis, September 7, 1848, 
Ezekiel Pratt, killed by bushwhackers at 
Bunker Hill, Missouri, July 8, 1862. 8. Major 
William Augustus, born at Albany, New York, 
November 27, 1828; served in the civil war; 
married, at St. Louis, Helen Bassett, born at 
Hastings, England, April 21, 1831, daughter 
of Samuel and Fannie Bassett. 9. Lieutenant- 
Colonel George Gardiner Frazier, born in New 
York City, September 22, 1832: served in 
the Mexican war; married, at St. Louis, Oc- 
tober 26, i860, Emma Targee. 10. Caroline 
E., born at Paterson, New Jersey, July 31, 
183 1, died there November 20, 1832. 11. Sarah 
Elizabeth Morse, born at Paterson, New Jer- 

sey, January 3, 1834; married, at St. Louis, 
May I, 1869, Adolphus G. Braum. 

(IV) Rev. Charles Louis Hequembourg, 
eldest child of Charles and Emma Fabian 
(Morse) Hequembourg, was born in New 
Haven, Connecticut, July 19, 181 1, died at 
Fort McPherson, Nebraska, December 24, 
1875. He was graduated at Yale College in 
1835, and from Auburn Theological Seminary 
in 1836. He was ordained a minister of the 
Presbyterian church, and was in charge of 
churches of that faith in Sheridan, Dunkirk 
and Dansville, New York, and in Warren, 
Pennsylvania, He served during the civil war. 
1861-1865, as quartermaster's agent in Nash- 
ville. Tennessee. On July 2, 1870, he was 
appointed post chaplain. United States army, 
and officiated as such at Camp Henry, Or^on, 
November i, 1870, to September, 1873; ^^ 
Fort Klamath, (Dregon, September 27, 1873, 
to October 8, 1874; at Camp Douglas, Utah, 
October 16, to November 2, 1874; transferred 
to Fort McPherson, Nebraska, December 13, 
1874, where he served until his death. He 
married, October 24, 1842, Emelie Sc^hie 
Williams, died at Buffalo, September 2, 1882, 
and buried at 'Forest Hill cemetery, Chicago, 
Illinois. Children : i. Sarah Catherine Morse, 
born at Dunkirk, New York, August 10, 1843 » 
married Charles A. Flanders ; children : Charles 
Louis, Frederick Courier Elliott, Warren 
Beebe. 2. Charles Ezra, of further mention. 
3. Theodore Milton, born in Danville, New 
York. 4. Isabella Whitney, bom in Dunkirk, 
New York. 5. Julien Erastus, bom at Dun- 
kirk, May II, 1856; married Elizabeth Ellen 
Fletcher; children: Fletcher Huntington and 
Julien Erastus (2). 6. Frederick Williams, 
born at Warren, Pennsylvania, July 29, 1859 : 
married Nellie Gertrude Groves ; children : 
Edith Emelia, Louis Albert, Marion Gertrude, 
Charles Louis, Frederick Williams (2). 7. 
Bertha Theodbra, born at Dunkirk, October 
22, 1862; married Samuel S. Bryan; children: 
Katherine, Samuel S., Julian H., Elizabeth 

(V) Charles Ezra, second child and eldest 
son of Rev. Charles Louis and Emelia Sofia 
(Williams) Hequembourg, was bom in Dun- 
kirk, New York, July 9, 1845, died there Octo- 
ber 17, 1907. Although for forty years his 
business interests were mostly in other fields. 
Dunkirk was always his home. He was edu- 
cated in the public schools of Dunkirk and 
Dansville, New York, and in Warren, Penn- 



sylvania. Circumstances early forced him to 
become a bread winner, his first wages being 
earned in summer work on the farm and in 
building boats in winter for use of the lumber- 
men in the spring. As he grew older he 
learned the carpenter's trade. At the age of 
eighteen he enlisted in Company D, 68th Regi- 
ment New York Volunteers, and went to the 
front, later joining the Army of the Cumber- 
land, and receiving an honorable discharge at 
the close of the war. He acquired a knowl- 
edge of civil engineering, and after the war 
remained in Tennessee and Kentucky, soon 
being placed in charge of the field work, sur- 
veys, mapping lands, drilling wells, building 
pipe lines, etc., for the Tennessee and Cumber- 
land Oil and Mining Company. In 1870 he 
returned to Dunkirk and began contracting. 
His first large operation was the erection of 
school building No. 2 in that city. In the next 
year he erected the first brick school house in 
Titusville, Pennsylvania. During 1871-72, 
while filling the office of village engineer, he 
constructed the EHinkirk Water Works, a 
direct pressure system costing $100,000. In 
1873-74, as engineer and contractor, he built 
the waterworks systems of the towns of Hyde 
Park and Lake, now part of the city of Chi- 
cago. These were also direct pressure systems 
costing about $1,250,000. Later, at Bradford, 
Pennsylvania, the Bradford Gas Company, of 
which he was president, erected the St. James 
hotel building, the second brick edifice that city 
possessed. While engaged in these operations 
he became interested in oil developments and 
was one of the early operators in the Pennsyl- 
vania field. His chief interest, however, was 
in natural gas, of which he made an exhaus- 
tive study, and to the end of his life he was 
an authority on all matters pertaining to the 
production and use of gas. In 1878, as presi- 
dent and engineer, with associates, Mr. 
Hequembourg organized the Bradford Gas, 
Light and Heating Company, and the Tarport 
and Kendal Gas, Light and Heating Company. 
These were the first corporations to supply 
natural gas for light and fuel to a municipality. 
The original supply was obtained from natural 
pressure, but in 1880 this was superseded by a 
pumping station. It was from the experience 
gained in the Pennsylvania fields that in 1888, 
as president and engineer of the Columbus 
Construction Company, he was able to under- 
take the task of connecting Chicago with the 
gasfields of Indiana, an undertaking he suc- 

cessfully accomplished. In 1892 the Columbus 
Construction Company completed and turned 
over to the owners of the Indiana Natural Gas 
and Oil Company and the Chicago Economic 
Fuel Gas Company what was then the longest 
pipe-line system in the world. In 1892 he re- 
tired from active business and took up his 
home life in Dimkirk. To gratify his longing 
for scientific research and knowledge, he 
erected near his residence an observatory hav- 
ing a tower sixty-five, feet high, in which he 
mounted a twenty-five foot telescope having a 
nine inch objective. This observatory was 
fitted with all modern appUances, instruments 
of precision, etc. On other floors are library, 
phot(^aphic room and laboratory. It was there 
that he loved to entertain his friends and enjoy 
his astronomical work until an unfortunate 
slip on an icy pavement in 1901 fractured his 
leg. After fhat, climbing the tower stairs was 
attended with so much annoyance that he was 
forced to give up work in this field. He then 
became interested in automobile construction 
and patented an improved non-puncturable 
tire after a long and serious test of its value. 

In 1904 he was selected by the people of 
Dunkirk as mayor. His election was not of a 
political nature but due to a reform movement 
He gave the city a clean business administra- 
tion which so pleased the voters that the fol- 
lowing term he was the choice of both parties. 
His conduct of municipal affairs was marked 
by the earnestness and energy that character- 
ized his conduct of his private business. He 
fondly hoped to see Dunkirk become a large 
city, and at one time, at his own expense, had 
surveys and soundings made of the harbor. 
He further brought about a public movement 
to get congress to appropriate sufficient funds 
for the proper deepening of the channel and 
anchorage, and its protection by breakwaters, 
and this was accomplished to a large extent. 
A large man physicially, Mr. Hequembourg 
possessed a heart great in proportion, and was 
always sympathetic, kind and courteous to all. 
He planned and solved large business problems 
with the skill of a master, and frequently 
crossed swords with many of the great "cap- 
tains of industry," and rarely came oflf 
worsted. His qualities of self-reliance, cour- 
age and inflexibility of purpose rendered him 
the successful engineer, able to develop large 
interests. He was strictly a self made man, 
grasping opportunities and compelling success. 
His mind naturally was of a scientific quality, 



although he often remarked that his greatest 
ambition was to be a lawyer. He possessed 
a complete law and reference library and took 
keen delight in probing into the depths of the 
legal questions that arose in connection with 
his business operations. He was a devoted 
husband and father, doing all in his power to 
render life happy and comfortable for his 
family. The death of his son, Louis Max, a 
junior at Cornell, seemed to completely break 
his spirit, and in seven months he followed him 
to Fredonia, where both are at rest in the 
family plot in beautiful Forest Hill. Mr. 
Hequembourg was prominent in the Masonic 
order, holding the highest attainable degree 
in the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, the 
thirty-third. He was a member of the Ameri- 
can Society of Civil Engineers, and took the 
greatest pride in his membership. 

He married, at St. Louis, Missouri, Harriet 
Et Thurber, who survives him, a resident of 
Dunkirk, where she is held in the highest 
esteem. Children : Charles Guy, an engineer 
of New York City, married Florence Dillard ; 
Helen Maude, married John L. Hurlbert, 
attorney-at-law, Dunkirk, New York; Ethel 
Marie, married Frederick Kelly Wing, of 
Buffalo; Mabel Wilhelmina; Jessie Thurber; 
Louis Max, died March, 1907, aged twenty- 
two years, junior in College of Civil Engineer- 
ing at Cornell University; Hilda Morse. 

This branch of the Smith family 
SMITH in America springs from Lieuten- 
ant Samuel Smith, who, with wife 
Elizabeth and children Samuel, aged nine; 
Elizabeth, aged seven; Mary, aged four, and 
Philip, aged one year, sailed for New England 
the last day of April, 1634, in the ship "Eliza- 
beth," of Ipswich, England. He and his wife 
were then called thirty-two years of age. He 
settled in Watertown, Massachusetts, then 
wpnt to Wethersfield, Connecticut, where he 
was one of the leading citizens. In 1659 he 
settled in Hadley, Massachusetts, where he 
held important offices in church and town. He 
died about 1680. The inventory of his estate 
was taken January 17, i68t. His wife died 
March 16, 1686. Children: i. Samuel, re- 
moved to New London, Connecticut, thence to 
Virginia. 2. Elizabeth, married Nathaniel 
Foote, (second) William Gull. 3. Mary, mar- 
ried John Graves. 4. Philip, born 1633; was 
one of the foremost men of his time, a lieuten- 
ant, deacon and representative; he died Janu- 

ary 10, 1685, "murdered by an hideous witch- 
craft," according to Cotton Mather; he mar- 
ried Rebecca Foote. 5. Chileab, died March 
7, 1 73 1, aged ninety-five years; married Han- 
nah Hitchcock ; fourteen children. 6. John, of 
further mention. 

(II) John, youngest child of Lieutenant 
Samuel and Elizabeth Smith, was slain by the 
Indians in Hatfield Meadow, May 30, 1676, 
after having been engaged in the "Falls fight" 
a few days before. He married, November 
12, 1663, Mary, daughter of William Part- 
ridge. (Children: John, born May 15, 1665; 
Samuel, bom December 7, 1667, killed by fall- 
ing from a horse, June 19, 1681 ; Joseph, born 
November 16, 1670; Benjamin, of further men- 
tion; Marah, born 1677, married, March 10, 
1696, John Day. 

(III) Benjamin, son of John and Mary 
(Partridge) Smith, was bom in 1673. He 
settled in Wethersfield, Connecticut, the for- 
mer home of his grandfather, Lieutenant Sam- 
uel, the immigrant. He married, March 14, 
1700, Ruth, daughter of Henry Buck. Chil- 
dren: John, born March 20, 1701 ; EHzabeth, 
May 5, 1703; Mary, February 7, 1706; Josiah, 
of further mention; Martha, September 7, 
171 1 ; Israel, January 24, 1714; Joseph, Sep- 
tember 30, 1716; Jonathan, February — , 1719; 
Christian, December 25, 1722. 

(IV) Josiah, son of Benjamin and Ruth 
(Buck) Smith, was bom January 31, 1709, 
died October 17, 1773. He married, 1761, 
Mary Treat, and had issue. 

(V) James, son of Josiah and Mary (Treat) 
Smith, was born in Wethersfield, Connecticut, 
1756, died February 20, 1832. He married 
(first), March 14, 1781, Sarah Hanmer, died 
April 21, 1800, (second) Widow Jerusha 
(Dix) Wright, died January 5, 1812, (third) 
Thankful Bliss, died December 27, 1834. Chil- 
dren by first wife: i. William, born March 17, 
1783. 2. Pmdence, died young. 3. James, 
born Febmary 9, 1793 ; married Esther Talcott. 
4. Josiah, bom March 28, 1794; married Han- 
nah Goodrich. 5. Rev. John, bom September 
2, 1796, died in New York City, Febmary 20, 
1874; graduated from Yale College, 1821 ; 
studied theology at Andover, Massachusetts, 
and Princeton, New Jersey; was actively en- 
gaged in the ministry until 1863, with marked 
success. "Two thousand six hundred and 
fifty-three sermons and one hundred and twelve 
lectures carefully written testify to his labors 
as true, faithful and hard-working minister 



for forty years." He married (first) Esther 
Mary Woodruff, (second) Louisa L. Gridley. 
6. Walter, of further mention. By second 
marriage: Sarah, born May 29, 1802; married 
George Dwight. 

(VI) Walter, youngest son of James and 
his first wife, Sarah (Hanmer) Smith, was 
bom March 21, 1800, died September 21, 1874. 
He was educated in the schools of Litchfield, 
Connecticut, and chose a mercantile career. 
At the age of fifteen years he was sent to Caz- 
enovia, New York, where he engaged as clerk 
in the store of Jacob Ten Eyck. After being 
with Mr. Ten Eyck four years he had so won 
his confidence and so impressed him with his 
business ability that he advanced the young 
man sufficient capital to establish a store of 
his own in Fredonia, Chautauqua county, New 
York. This business was under the sole man- 
agement of the young man (then only nine- 
teen) and under his own name, Walter Smith. 
The confidence of Mr. Ten Eyck was fully 
justified, for out of his first year's profits all 
money advanced by him was repaid, and the 
business left with sufficient capital to success- 
fully operate it. Mr. Smith, in a paper writ- 
ten by himself, says: "From 1819 to 1840 my 
association in the county of Chautauqua was 
close and intimate." He was able from his 
profitable business to advance many of the 
early settlers money to make their first pay- 
ments on their land, and in return they brought 
their black salts, house ashes and farm pro- 
ducts, to his store, for, as Mr. Smith writes : 
**We purchased ever)rthing the farmer pro- 
duced. My profits increased from $20,000 the 
first year to $75,cxx> at the close of the sixth 
year of my business, and the cash received for 
goods sold never exceeded ten per cent, in the 
aggregate for the year. Nine per cent, profit 
was charged the purchaser, and paid for in 
black salts or produce. The sale of pot and 
pearl ashes varied in different years both in 
quantity and price. They were shipped to 
Montreal prior to the opening of the Erie canal 
in 1825, by vessel to Black Rock, by open boat 
to Schlosser, by ox teams from there to Lewis- 
ton, thence by vessel to Cape Vincent, thence 
by batteaux down the St. Lawrence river to 
Montreal, where they were sold by the Horatio 
Gates Company, who remitted the proceeds to 
New York City to my order. In order to fur- 
nish the farmers with a market for their pro- 
duce I obtained a contract to supply the gov- 
ernment stations along the lakes with pro- 

visions. The farmers of Chautauqua county 
furnished everything needed to fulfill my con- 
tracts, except white beans, which I purchased 
in Ohio.'' Orders on Walter Smith's store 
and due bills over his signature became the 
currency of the county, and were duly honor- 
ed everywhere. In 1826, while in the full tide 
of prosperity, he became associated with De- 
Witt Clinton and others in the proprietorship 
of the village of Dunkirk, on Lake Erie, and 
was one of the most ardent advocates of the 
building of the Erie railroad. He spent the 
greater part of the winters of 1830 and 1832 
at Albany, urging the importance of the road 
before the legislature, and it was largely through 
his efforts and influence that the road was 
chartered, April 24, 1832. He was far-sighted, 
and saw the revolution railroads would effect 
in business, although at that time there were 
only five thousand miles of railroad in the 
entire world. He predicted "the day will come 
when cattle fatted in Indiana, Illinois and Ohio, 
will be brought to New York to be sold." This 
was thought entirely too visionary, but he was 
correct, as later achievements demonstrated. 
There was a strong hope at this time that Dun- 
kirk would be the terminus of the Erie canal, 
which no doubt influenced the young merchant 
to cast in his lot with that village, and for- 
tunate it was for the future of the place that 
he did so. He bought the undivided half of 
the property of the Dunkirk Land Company, 
and immediately turned his energy and busi- 
ness ability to building up the village and de- 
veloping the resources of the surrounding 
country. Daily stages for passengers were 
established, and a wagon line for transporta- 
tion between Ehmkirk and Warren, Pennsyl- 
vania. Communication with Buffalo was open- 
ed by means of the "Pioneer." He built the 
Loder House, the first hotel in the village. 
Sawmills were built and a flouring mill, the 
water being brought from a distance of three 
miles through a raceway. Such was his atten- 
tion to the public interest that his influence be- 
came potential in the north part of the county, 
particularly in his own village, so that it was 
facetiously said "Dunkirk had no other God 
than Walter Smith." The financial crisis of 
1836 overtook and involved him in the common 
disaster, but with Mr. Smith there was no 
abatement of effort nor loss of courage or 
hope for the future. In 1843 ^^ removed to 
Ohio and assumed the management of an ex- 
tensive iron plant near Vermillion. In 1852 he 



returned to Dunkirk, New York, where he re- 
sided until his death in 1874. The press notices 
at the time of his death were very appreciative, 
and from one we quote : "This remarkable man 
for almost half a century occupied a large 
space in the business affairs of Western New 
Y.ork. Throughout his long career, marked 
with patient endeavor and noble enterprise, he 
always maintained a reputation for generosity, 
courage and fidelity. He leaves behind a bright 
example of all those manly qualities which 
give life its value and reward. There was 
nothing trivial, narrow or false in his char- 
acter. He had no aims but were worthy, no 
aspirations but to extend means and oppor- 
tunity for usefulness. In all his changing for- 
tunes, under bright or clouded skies, he was 
ever the same bright, genial, intelligent com- 
panion, worthy and upright citizen, true and 
steadfast friend." He married, May 8, 1825, 
Minerva Pomeroy Abell, eldest daughter of 
Moseley W. Abell, of Fredonia, New York. 
Children : Mary Augusta, married Judge John 
M. Barbour; Kate Eliza Myers, died unmar- 
ried; Walter C, now a resident of Dunkirk; 
Sara Dwight, of further mention; Cornelia 
Tryon, died unmarried. 

(VH) Sara Dwight, daughter of Walter 
and Minerva (Abell) Smith, married (first) 
Hoyt G. Palmer, born in 1839, died in 1870. 
She married (second) Andrew J. Avery, of 
Dunkirk, bom in 1829, died in 1902. Mrs. 
Avery is a resident of Dunkirk, where she has 
many friends and is held in the highest esteem. 
She has no children. 

The progenitor in the United 
HACKETT States of this branch of the 

Hackett family, Edward Hack- 
ett, was born in county Tipperary, Ireland, in 
1828, died in Wellington, Ohio, September 24, 
1897. He came to the United States at the 
age of twenty years, having spent the four 
preceding years in Hamilton, Canada. On 
coming to the United States he settled in Ohio, 
first at Cleveland, then Oberlin, making final 
location at Wellington. He was an expert 
shoemaker, and followed that occupation in 
the cities named. Later, in Wellington, he 
was elected city marshal, and served for many 
years. About two years before his death, ill 
health compelled him to resign the office and 
retire from active life. He was a gallant sol- 
dier of the civil war, a veteran of Company F, 
One Hundred and Third Regiment, Ohio Vol- 

unteer Infantry, in which he served three and 
one-half years. At the battle of Resaca, 
Georgia, he was wounded in the leg, but not 
seriously. He was honorably discharged at the 
expiration of his term and returned to Ohio. 
He married Bridget O'Neil, born in county 
Derry, Ireland, 1826, came to Hamilton, Can- 
ada, with her brother when quite young. She 
died in February, 1900, at Wellington, Ohio, 
aged seventy- four years. Of their ten chil- 
dren seven died without issue. The living are : 
I. Mary A., bom in Wellington, Ohio; married 
Vander Bernard; children: Edward Francis 
and Mary. 2. tdward Stevens, bom in Well- 
ington ; married Mattie Patton, of Scio, Ohio ; 
children: Patty and Henry. Edward S. is a 
successful civil engineer, now chief engineer 
for the National Tube Works. 3. John Matthew, 
of whom further. 

John Matthew, son of Edward and Bridget 
(O'Neil) Hackett, was born in Wellington, 
Ohio, February 11, 1865. He was educated 
in the schools of Wellington and Cleveland. 
Ohio, qualifying in the latter city for the pro- 
fession of civil engineer. He has since led a 
most active and busy life, fulfilling the calls 
made upon his professional skill. He was first 
connected with the engineering and surveying 
corps of the Great Northern railroad in Minne- 
sota, resigning to accept a professional position 
with the United States government in northern 
Minnesota. Returning to Ohio, he was engi- 
neer engaged for two and one-half years on 
location and in the construction department of 
the Wheeling & Lake Erie railroad. For the 
ensuing two years he was connected with the 
Lake Shore & Michigan Southern railroad in 
a similar capacity. He was chief engineer for 
the Jamestown & Lake Erie railroad during 
the construction of the extension frcMn Fal- 
coner to Jamestown, then chief engineer of the 
Ohio River Junction railroad, was next called 
to West Virginia, where he was assistant chief 
engineer of the Meadow Creek railroad, and 
also engaged in mining operations, going from 
there to fill the position of chief engineer ^or 
the Dunkirk, Allegheny Valley & Pittsburgh 
railroad. In 1894 he was appointed city engi- 
neer of the city of Dunkirk, filling that position 
two years. In 1896 he became engaged in the 
contracting of public works and improvements, 
securing several contracts in different places 
for sewer, paving, bridge and railroad work. 
In 1906 he went to Virginia and became resi- 
dent engineer for the Tide Water railroad. 



now known as the Virginia railway, built by 
H. H. Rogers, of the Standard Oil Company, 
the most expensively built and important pri- 
vate railroad in the country. In 1908 he re- 
turned to Dunkirk, where he was appointed 
assistant chief engineer, and placed in charge 
of construction work between Dunkirk and 
Angola for the Buffalo & Lake Erie Traction 
Company, with headquarters at Silver Creek. 
In 1909 he was village engineer of Fredonia 
in charge of the paving work being done by 
the village. In the fall of 1909 he was elected 
city engineer of the city of Dunkirk, being the 
first to fill that office after it was made elec- 
tive instead of appointive. He is now (1911) 
filling that office. During Mr. Hackett*s ad- 
ministration of the office of city engineer for 
the years 1910-11, he prepared plans and 
specifications for public improvements for the 
city of Dunkirk, laid out and supervised the 
construction of public works to the value of 
over $i6o,(X)0, including several reinforced 
concrete arches and bridges, and the sewering 
of fifteen different streets. He also designed 
a sewer system for the upper Central avenue 
district, including over two miles of pipe of 
various sizes and diameters ; this system is now 
under construction. He also laid out and 
supervised the construction of three miles of 
asphalt pavements, together with over one mile 
of brick, and was the first engineer to design 
and construct a combination concrete curb and 
gutter in Western New York, and the first 
engineer to lay an asphalt pavement, using a 
combination curb and gutter. Together with 
his various other duties Mr. Hackett prepared 
plans and specifications for the improving and 
beautifying of Washington Park, and super- 
intended the construction of same, which con- 
sisted of concrete curbing and gutters for the 
walks and drives, with the intervening spaces 
paved with asphaltic macadam. That Mr. 
Hackett's administration of the office of city 
engineer during the past two years was emi- 
nently satisfactory to the citizens, was evi- 
denced by the fact that he received the unani- 
mous nomination by his party in open caucus, 
in October, 191 1, and on November 7th, at the 
general election, he was again elected for an- 
other two-year term, defeating his opponent 
by a majority of five hundred and seven, and 
having the honor of polling the largest vote 
of any candidate for any office in the city of 
Politically, Mr. Hackett is a Republican, and 

a member of many professional, social and 
fraternal societies. November 29, 1899, he 
married Cecelia F. Welsh, born in Dunkirk, 
New York, daughter of Thomas C. and Julia 
(Clifford) Welsh. 

The Hellers of Salamanca, New 
HELLER York, descend in paternal lines 

from Christopher Heller, the 
emigrant ancestor. He was born in Germany 
in 1688, died 1778. He married and had issue. 

(II) Simon, son of Christopher Heller, "the 
emigrant," was born 1721, died 1783. He set- 
tled in Northampton county, Pennsylvania. He 
married Louise , and had issue. 

(III) John, son of Simon and Louise Heller, 
was born in Northampton county, Pennsyl- 
vania, October 29, 1756, died 1823. He was 
a farmer of Pennsylvania township, same 
county, where he was living as late as 181 8. 
He served one year and four months as a 
private in the Third Regiment of the Colonial 
Line (see Pennsylvania in the Revolution, vol. 
i, p. 465). On page 766 of the same work, vol. 
ii., his name appears as a pensioner. He mar- 
ried Susan Hammond. 

(IV) John (2), son of John (i) and Susan 
(Hammond) Heller, was born in Northamp- 
ton county, Pennsylvania, in 1782, died No- 
vember 30, 1863. He lived in Bushkill, Pike 
county, Pennsylvania; Wayne county, Penn- 
sylvania ; Rockland county, Ohio, and in Ful- 
ton county, Illinois. He was twice married. 
The name of his first wife has not been pre- 
served. He married (second) Belinda Van 
Auken, born in New Jersey, died November 
23, 1863. 

(V) John M., son of John (2) Heller and 
his first wife, was born in Bushkill, Pennsyl- 
vania, November 4, 1806, died at Port Jervis, 
New York, March 30, 1857. He was a car- 
riage manufacturer, first located at Bushkill, 
then at Milford, Pennsylvania, finally settling 
in Port Jervis, where his factory was located 
on Front street, on the site now occupied by 
the Peck Hardware Company. He was ener- 
getic, thrifty, prosperous and a most excellent 
citizen. He was a charter member of Port Jervis 
Lodge, No. 328, Free and Accepted Masons. 
He hiarried (first) Margaret Winfield. Chil- 
dren: George Potter, born August 22, 1829, 
died May 10, 1880; Harvey Royce, bom No- 
vember 21, 1830, lost at sea on steamer "San 
Francisco," December 24, 1853 ; John Wallace, 
born October 18, 1832, died December 23, 



1871 ; Margaret (twin), born October 18, 1832, 
died November 8, 1882. He married (second), 
February 16, 1833, Nancy Newman, born June 
9, 1801, died December 13, 1883, daughter of 
Ira and Mary (Bross) Newman. 

Ira Newman was the son of Isaac Newman, 
born June 3, 1731, died 1808; married, March 
II, 1756, Abigail Webb, born 1735, died 1786, 
daughter of Benjamin Webb, of Stamford, 
Connecticut. Isaac was the son of Nathaniel 
and Sarah Newman, whose eight children, 
born between April 4, 1724, and August 3, 
1743, were: Nathaniel (2), Samuel, Sarah, 
Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Israel. Another 
child, Lydia, is not recorded in the Stamford 
records. Isaac Newman was a blacksmith who 
came from Connecticut and followed his trade 
in Westchester county. New York. During 
the revolution he was a private of Captain 
Gideon Seelev's company, belonging to the 
Westchester County Regiment of Associated 
Exempts, commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel 
Joseph Benedict. He fought at the battle of 
White Plains, October 28, 1776, and was in 
other active service with his regiment. After 
the war he settled in Upper Smithfield town- 
ship, Northampton county, Pennsylvania', and 
had the first blacksmith's shop in the township. 
His wife, Abigail Webb, died there, Septem- 
ber II, 1786. Isaac Newman, in 1806, re- 
moved to Saratoga county, New York, where 
he died in the town of Charlton, March 24, 
1808, at the home of his son Eli. He had ten 
children. One of them, Isaac (2) Newman, 
was a private of Captain Gilbert Lockwood*s 
company. Fourth Regiment, Westchester Coun- 
ty Militia, and saw active service during the 
revolution. Abigail Webb, wife of Isaac New- 
man, was the daughter of Benjamin Webb, 
born 1705, and Mary (Cross) Webb. Benja- 
min was the son of Joseph (2), born 1674, 
died 1743, and Mary (Hoyt) Webb. Joseph 
(2) was the son of Joseph (i) Webb, died 
1685, ^^^ grandson of Richard Webb, died 
1676, son of Malcolm Webb, of Dorsetshire, 

Ira Newman, son of Isaac Newman, was 
bom June 26, 1773 ^^ November 3, 1776, died 
March 24, 1831, at Milford, Pennsylvania. 
He married, June 2, 1799, Mary Bross, born 
September 9, 1777, died 1863, daughter of 
Hendrick Bross and his wife, Sarah (Cool) 
Bross, daughter of Johannes Cool and his wife, 
Pretunella (Van Auken) Cool, daughter of 

Cornelius and Zara (Westbrook) Van Auken, 
of Kingston, New York. 

Children of John M. and Nancy (Newman) 
Heller (his second wife) : Ira Burrell, born 
July 13, 1834, died at Port Jervis, November 
22, 1879; Martin Van Buren, bom January 
II, 1836; Thomas Alonzo, of further mention ; 
Isaac Labar, born August 25, 1841, died Octo- 
ber 26, 1856. 

(VI) Thomas A., son of John M. and Nancy 
(Newman) Heller, was bom at Bushkill, Penn- 
sylvania, May I, 1839, died at Salamanca, New 
York, December 5, 1910. He was educated in 
district public schools in Pennsylvania, Eclectic 
Hall, an academic school conducted by his 
uncle, Ira Newman, finishing liis education in 
a printing office in Milford, Pennsylvania, 
working up to and holding for a time the posi- 
tion of editor. In 1863 he was employed by 
the United States Express Company as mes- 
senger, which position he filled until his pro- 
motion to the agency of the company at Buck- 
tooth, now West Salamanca, May i, 1865. In 
the summer of 1866 the office of the company 
was moved to Salamanca, which up to that 
time had been known as Hemlock Crossing, 
trains stopping only occasionally for the ac- 
commodation of employees at the HenJock 
Mills, the only industry in a practically un- 
broken wilderness. 

With the building of the shops of the Erie 
railroad and the tannery of C. H. and G. L. 
Williams the nucleus was formed for the fu- 
ture village, and the corduroy road at Hem- 
lock Crossing became the Main street of the 
present village of Salamanca. During the suc- 
ceeding years many changes came to the com- 
munity; the wilderness vanished before the 
ax of the lumberman, the swamp land was 
gradually reclaimed and the buildings of the 
pioneer town gave place to the modern edifice. 
In the course of time the United States Ex- 
press Company withdrew from the lines of the 
Erie railroad and Wells, Farejo & Company 
succeeded it, with whom Mr. Heller completed 
forty-seven years of service in the express 
business, remaining in their employ up to 1908 
as agent and from that until the time of his 
death as solicitor, a position created for him 
in his declining years. 

In the earlier days the problems of govern- 
ment were many and the trials incident to pro- 
viding for the safety and welfare of a fast 
growing community taxed the resources of all 




prominent citizens. Mr. Heller was among the 
foremost in these matters; a member of the 
first school board in 1865 and a signer of the 
petition for incorporation in 1878 he was 
identified with the movements which were the 
stepping stones to local government. These 
matters attended to, the necessity of suitable 
means for the transaction of business was be- 
ginning to be realized and a National Bank 
was organized to which Mr. Heller contributed 
liberally. A disastrous fire which almost en- 
tirely destroyed the business section of the 
village in 1880 brought home the need of 
adequate protection in this line, and the same 
year Mr. Heller organized and was elected 
president of the Salamanca Water Works 
Company which constructed a system of water 
works that has been ever since a prime fac- 
tor in the health and prosperity of the town, 
and eventually passed into the hands of the 
municipality. At about this time Mr. Heller 
saw the possibilities in the location and organ- 
ized an association for the development of 
Wildwood Cemetery. The position of presi- 
dent in this association he held for twenty 

Throughout his long and busy career Mr. 
Heller was a firm believer in the future of 
Salamanca and was ever ready to aid in any 
movement for the advancement and benefit of 
the community. His activities were varied, 
and though he led a quiet life socially he will 
be long remembered by those privileged to 
known him intimately, for his genial spirit, his 
kindly wit and humor, and his large fund of 
information. He was a great reader and a 
forceful and graceful writer who would have 
graced an editorial chair, and he was never 
quite reconciled to the fact that fate led him 
away from the newspaper office in which he 
spent some of his younger days. He had a 
helping hand for those less fortunately situated 
than himself, and many a man owes to him the 
timely aid and counsel that meant success. 

He was a Unitarian in religious faith, and a 
Democrat, though never a strong partisan, 
choosing the best men for all local offices. 
Often urged to take political office by his con- 
stituents and accept further promotion by his 
employers, Mr. Heller preferred to remain 
among scenes of the earlier .days, content in 
the friendship and respect of all who knew 
him. He was a member of the Masonic order, 
belonging to lodge, chapter and comma'ndery, 
and was honored by the highest offices in the 

gift of each. He also belonged to the local 
lodge, Ancient Order of United Workmen. A 
familial figure to all in Salamanca, retaining 
his interest and activity to the last, he lived a 
useful life and died greatly regretted. 

He married, October 22, 1867, Elizabeth P. 
Hale, born February 19, 1843 (see Hale VHI). 
Child : Harvey Edgar, born April 16, 1870,. 
who is now superintendent of the Municipal 
Water and Light Department. Mrs. Heller 
survives her husband, a resident of Salamanca. 

(The Hale Unc). 

The name Hale under the different forms 
of de la Hale, Hale, and Hales, has been 
abundant in Hertfordshire, England, since the 
early days of the thirteenth century. The 
name also prevailed in a dozen other counties 
of England. Within the fifty years following 
the landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth at 
least eight emigrants of the name of Hale 
settled in Massachusetts and Connecticut, de- 
scendants of five of whom are traced to the 
present day. The name is also found among 
the early settlers of Virginia and Maryland. 
In New England the name has been brought 
into prominence by Nathan Hale, "the Patriot," 
by John P. Hale, the statesman of New Hamp- 
shire, and Eugene P. Hale, of Maine, and 

(I) Thomas Hale, the earliest known pro- 
genitor of the family herein considered, was of 
the parish of Walton-at- Stone, in Hertford- 
shire, England. The parish record shows he 
was buried October 19, 1630. He was a yeo- 
man and left a small estate. He married Joan 
Kirby, who survived him- and married again. 
Children : Dionia, Thomas, Mary, Dorothy and 

(H) Thomas (2), son of Thomas (i) and 
Joan (Kirby) Hale, was bom in England, May 
or June, 1606, and was baptized in the parish 
of Walton-at-Stone, June 15, 1606. In 1635 
he came to America, settling at Newbury, Mas- 
sachusetts. He brought a letter from his uncle, 
Francis Kirby, to Governor John Winthrop,. 
asking the latter to interest himself in the 
young man. He moved to Haverhill in 1646 
and his name heads the list of the first board 
of selectmen. In 1647 he was appointed "to 
try small causes." In 1649 he was elected 
constable, the first to be chosen in Haverhill. 
In 1661 he returned to Newbury, where he 
died December 21, 1682. He is styled at dif- 
ferent times in the records "Glover," "Yeo- 



man," and **Leather Dresser." He married 
Thomasine (or Tamosin) , who sur- 
vived him forty days. Children: Thomas, 
John, Samuel and Apphia. 

(III) Thomas (3), eldest son of Thomas 

(2) and Thomasine Hale, was born in Eng- 
land, November 18, 1633, and came to Amer- 
ica with his parents. He died in Newbury, 
October 22, 1688. He was a man of local 
prominence, filled numerous places in the pub- 
lic service and left a handsome estate for his 
day. He married. May 26, 1657, Mary Hutch- 
inson, baptized at North Muskham, county of 
Nolts, England, December 28, 1630, daughter 
of Richard and Alice (Bosworth) Hutchinson. 
She survived him and married (second) Will- 
iam Watson, whom she also survived five 
years, dying December 8, 171 5. Children: 
Thomas, Mary, Abigail, Hannah, Lydia, Eliza- 
beth, Joseph and Samuel. 

(IV) Captain Joseph Hale, son of Thomas 

(3) and Mary (Hutchinson) Hale, was born 
at Newbury, February 20, 1671, died at Box- 
ford, Massachusetts, February 13, 1761. He 
was a man of means, active, ambitious and 
highly regarded as shown by the public offices 
he held. He was selectman of Boxford in 
1702; as **Ensign Joseph Hale" he represented 
Boxford in the general court four terms; as 
**Lieutenant Joseph Hale," six terms ; as "Cap- 
tain Joseph Hale," five terms, and as Joseph 
Hale, one term, 1735. He married (first) No- 
vember 15, 1693, Mary, daughter of William 
and Sarah (Perley) Watson, of Boxford. He 
married (second) Mrs. Joanna Dodge, a 
widow (published September 19, 1708). Chilr 
dren: Joseph, Jacob, Mary, Ambrose, Abner, 
Moses, Sarah. By second wife: Hepsibah, 
Lydia, Margaret, Thomas, John, Hannah and 
Benjamin. *■ 

(V) Captain Thomas (4) Hale, son of Cap- 
tain Joseph and Joanna (Dodge) Hale, was 
born at Boxford or Newbury, Massachusetts, 
January 8, 1714-15, died September 18, 1796. 
He was one of the earliest settlers of North 
Brookfield, Massachusetts, and built a tempor- 
ary log hut in the midst of the woods two miles 
south. Here he cut the timber for his house 
on the Hale place, where he and several gen- 
erations of his descendants lived and died. 
The "Hale House" was destroyed by fire sev- 
eral years ago with the grand old elm that 
stood in front. He served in the revolution as 
second and first lieutenant under two enlist- 
ments, but was always called "Captain," per- 

haps a later militia title. He married, Febru- 
ary 17, 1740, Mary Kimball, of Bradford. 
Children: William, Thomas, Mary, Joanna, 
Eunice, Anna, Joanna (2), Mercy, Joseph, 
Abigail; Mordicai, a surgeon in the revolu- 
tionary army ; Amy, Elizabeth and Lydia. 

(VI) Hon. Thomas (5) Hale, son of Cap- 
tain Thomas (4) and Mary (Kimball) Hale, 
was born at Brookfield, Massachusetts, Janu- 
ary 22, 1744, died January 2, 1834. He was 
a farmer ; was selectman and assessor several 
years ; representative nine years ; senator from 
Worcester county twelve years. He was much 
engaged in the settlement of estates and in 
other judiciary matters, having the deserved 
respect and confidence of the entire commu- 
nity. He married, October i, 1768, Ruth 
Hardy, born May 25, 1744, died October 3, 
1828. Children : Perley, married Hannah Ed- 
munds ; Ruth, married Nathaniel Goddard, and 
died at Littleton, New Hampshire, November 
17, 1872, aged one hundred years and six 
months ; Thomas (6), married "Widow Spauld- 
ing ;" Lucy, married Ruf us Dodge ; Daniel, of 
further mention ; Mary, married Francis Car- 
ruth; Anna, married Asaph Olds. 

(VII) Daniel, son of Hon. Thomas (5) and 
Ruth (Hardy) Hale, was born February 27, 
1780, died at Florence, New York, 1844. He 
settled in the town of Tabor, Oneida county. 
New York. He married, September 2, 1804, 
Polly Bartlett, of Brookfield, Massachusetts. 
Children : Fannie, Ruth, Harriet, Ebenezer and 

(VIII) Daniel (2), son of Daniel (i) and 
Polly (Bartlett) Hale, was bom September 14, 
1814, died September i, 1884. He married, 
December 20, 1839, Emily Chidsey (or Chad- 
sey), born October 17, 1822, died September 
9, 1890, daughter of Timothy and Sally 
(Thrall) Chidsey (or Chadsey), of Cazenovia, 
Madison county, New York. Children : Marion 
Josephine, Elizabeth P. (Mrs. Heller), Lucy 
Amelia, Emily Frances, Sarah Delphine, 
Thomas Fremont, Daniel Trumbull. 

The Murrays of Dunkirk, New 
MURRAY York, descend from Scotch an- 
cestors who had long been 
prominently connected with the stirring his- 
tory of that country. The American ancestor 
was William Murray, born in Scotland, about 
1690, died in Amherst, Massachusetts, about 
1784. He came to America in 1720, settling 
first at Londonderry, New Hampshire, and 



later removed to Amherst, Massachusetts, 
where he died. He married, February 20, 
1723, Hannah, daughter of John Dickinson, of 
Hatfield (died aged ninety- four), and Hep- 
zibah Wells, granddaughter of Nathaniel Dick- 
inson and his wife Hannah, and great-grand- 
daughter of Nathaniel Dickinson, who came in 
'635, was of Wethersfield, Connecticut, 1637; 
town clerk, 1645: representative, 1646-56; re- 
moved to Hadley, Massachusetts, 1659 ; deacon 
and first recorder; died in Hadley, June 16, 
1676. Wife, Annie . Children of Will- 
iam and Hannah Murray: Elijah, born No- 
vember 28, 1723, died March, 1742; William, 
see forward; Dorothy, born August 4, 1729, 
married, May 9, 1754, Abner Williams: David, 
bom November 3, 1735; Seth, May 21, 1736; 
Hannah, 1744, married, November 22, 1764, 
Timothy Abbott, of Bennington, Vermont. 

(H) William (2), son of William (i) and 
Hannah (Dickinson) Murray, was born July 
30, 1726, died about 1762. He married Mercy 
Scott, a descendant of Samuel Chapin, a found- 
er of Springfield, Massachusetts; of John 
Hitchcock, lieutenant in King Philip's war : of 
Samuel Belden. who yras in the Deerfield 
massacre ; of Hugh Wells, who came in 1635 ; 
of William AUis, of King Philip's war; of 
William Scott, a soldier in the great Falls 
fight, and of Francis Ball, who came before 
1635. Children : Elihu, of further mention ; 
Elijah, born June 6, 1756; Mercy. September 
t6, 1758; Martha, July 14, 1761. 

(HI) Elihu, eldest child of William (2) 
and Mercy (Scott) Murray, was born in Hat- 
field, Massachusetts, October 12, 1753, ^'^^ ^" 
Guilford, Chenango county. New York, June 

16, 1835. He enlisted in the revolutionary 
army as a private of Captain Israel Chapin's 
company. Colonel John Fellow's regiment, 
April 27, 1775. He fought at Bunker Hill, 
Long Island, Throgg's Neck, Bennington and 
Saratoga; was commissioned captain before 
1780, and afterward served in the quarter- 
master's department until the close of the war. 
He resided in Hatfield and Deerfield, Massa- 
chusetts, and in Guilford, New York, where 
he followed farming. He married. May 4, 
1782, Lydia Strong, a descendant of Elder 
John Strong, who came in 1630; of Henry 
Woodward, who came in 1635 ; of John Inger- 
soll, who came in 1629, and of Thomas Bron- 
son, who came in 1633. 

(IV) Dauphin, son of Elihu and Lydia 

(?>\Tong) Murray, was born in Guilford, New 

York, April 24, 1793, died in Cattaraugus 
county. New York, October 31, 1855. He was 
a farmer of Chenango for many years, later 
removed to Steuben county, where he was 
elected and served a term as sheriflF of that 
county. He later became engaged as a con- 
tractor on public works, and rriet his death by 
a railroad accident at Hinsdale, New York. 
He served in the war of 1812, and held the 
rank of colonel of militia. He married Sarah 
Seymour, a descendant of General Robert 
Sedgwick, who came in 1635, founder of the 
Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of 
Boston, and governor of Jamaica, 1656; of 
Rev. Samuel Stone, of Hartford, Connecticut, 
a chaplain in the Pequot war; of John Hop- 
kins, of Hartford, and of Richard Bronson. 
Colonel Murray had issue, including two sons 
— Henry Kennedy, born in Bath, New York, 
died in Ridgewood, New Jersey, married Abbie 
Shelden Billings; and Charles D., of further 

(V) Charles DeKalb, son of Colonel Dau- 
phin and Sarah (Seymour) Murray, was born 
in Guilford, New York, May 4, 1831, died in 
Dunkirk, New York, September 11, 1902. He 
was educated in the public schools, and at the 
age of nineteen years caught the gold fever, 
joined the westward tide of emigration, and 
finally reached San Francisco. He did not, 
however, engage in mining, but fincfing -no 
other o|>ening obtained employment as a dray- 
man. He saved his wages, which were high, 
and in a short time invested in a team and 
dray of his own. A year later he had accumu- 
lated sufficient capital to enter the produce 
commission business as senior member of the 
firm Murray & Foster. The firm carried on an 
extensive business, shipping lumber to distant 
points, Mr. Murray making two voyages to 
Australia with cargoes of lumber. Such an 
experience was full of interest in those early 
days before the steam vessel and the submarine 
cable had dispelled the romance connected with 
that faraway land. He prospered, but in 1855 
was called home by the tragic death of his 
father. He did not return to CaHfornia, but 
engaged for several years in the lumber busi- 
ness at Hinsdale, New York. The panic of 
1857 and a serious strike on the Erie railroad, 
which prevented his lumber shipments, brought 
financial reverses which forced him out of the 
lumber business and to begin life over again. 
He obtained a position as railway mail clerk 
on the Erie road, running between Hornells- 



ville and Dunkirk, New York. He employed 
all his spare time in studying law, and in i860 
had so perfected himself that he was admitted 
to the New York bar. He at once opened an 
office in Hinsdale, and practiced there for four 
years. He then removed to Dunkirk, New 
York, where he won an honorable position at 
the bar and became a conspicuous figure in the 
public life of Western New York. He served 
one term as mayor of Dunkirk, and was re- 
peatedly the standard bearer of the Democratic 
party for high offices. The district was strong- 
ly Republican, but on one occasion (1870), 
when a candidate for congress, he reduced a 
normal majority of six thousand to three hun- 
dred. This fact attested his great popularity. 
He was frequently a delegate to state and na- 
tional conventions, and in 1884 was a delegate 
to the national convention that nominated Gro- 
ver Cleveland for President. He also gave 
much time and valuable service to the munici- 
pal welfare of Dunkirk. He served seven 
years as president of the board of education; 
was president of the board of water commis- 
sioners, and as mayor gave the city a clean 
business administration. He became deeply 
engaged in financial and manufacturing con- 
cerns; was president of the Merchants' Na- 
tional Bank, president of the Hartford Axle 
Company, and vice-president of the United 
States Radiator Company. He was a member 
and senior warden of St. John's Episcopal 
Church, and an earnest, upright citizen. Con- 
servative in business, public-spirited and loyal 
to his city, he enjoyed the friendship of a large 
circle of friends and the entire confidence of 
his fellows. 

He married. May 20, i860, Orpha A. Band- 
field, of Hinsdale, New York, daughter of 
George D. and Orpha S. (Marsh) Bandfield, 
of Vermont. Children : i. Maude, born in Hins- 
dale; married Henry M. Gerrans, of Buffalo, 
proprietor of the Iroquois Hotel; children: 
Gertrude, Dorothy A., and Grace Orpha, 2. 
Henry Thomas, born in Hinsdale, died July 30, 
1910, unmarried. 3. Lewis Newton, born in 
Dunkirk; married, 1897, Agnes, daughter of 
William T. Colman, of Dunkirk; child, Will- 
iam Colman, bom 1899. 

The Langs of Dunkirk, New York, 
LANG descend from a long line of Ger- 
man ancestors. The first of this 
branch to settle in the United States was John 
G. Lang, born in Germany, died in Dunkirk, 

1892. He came to the United States in 1850, 
with his wife and only son, John A. After a 
brief sojourn in Buffalo he removed to Olean, 
New York, where he was engaged in farming 
until 1873, when he removed to Chautauqua 
county, New York. He and his wife Eva are 
buried in Fredonia, New York. 

(H) John A., only child of John G. and 
Eva Lang, was born in Germany, November 
21, 1837, died in Dunkirk, New York, Novem- 
ber II, 1888. He came to the United States 
with his parents in 1853, and grew to man- 
hood on the Olean farm. He was well educat- 
ed in the German schools and was a man of 
great intelligence. He purchased the old Cole 
farm on the west side of Dunkirk, now known 
as "Hemlock Grange," where he resided for 
several years. He married Theresa Fisher, 
born in Germany, died in Dunkirk, New York, 
March 17, 1910, aged seventy-two years, daugh- 
ter of Aloesis and Theresa (Rowe) Fisher, 
who came to the United States when she was a 
child. Children, born in Dunkirk: Louis J., 
of further mention ; Rose, died aged eighteen 
years; George C, married Emma Stocker; 
Elizabeth, married Gforge H. Graf; Mary, 
married John Klink. 

(HI) Louis J., eldest son and child of John 
A. and Theresa (Fisher) Lang, was born in 
Dunkirk, New York, March 23, 1867. He was 
educated in the Dunkirk schools and remained 
on the home farm until he reached the age of 
twenty-four years. In 1891 he located in Berea, 
Ohio, where he successfully engaged in the 
retail furniture business until 1900, when he 
removed to Dunkirk, where he engaged in 
furniture and household goods trade. He has 
been very successful in business, and is rated 
one of the substantial men of his city. He is a 
Republican in politics, and a member of the 
Evangelical church, and other organizations of 
Dunkirk. He married, August 30, 1894, in 
South Newstead, New York, Barbara C. Graf, 
born in Tonawanda, New York, November 17, 
1869, daughter of Louis Graf, bom in Bavaria. 
Germany, January 25, 1822, died October 10, 
1908. He came to the United States in 1839, 
and for several years travelled about the coun- 
try with his brother, working at his trade of 
shoemaker. He finally settled down and began 
business in a settled location between Tona- 
wanda and Lockport, New York. When he 
was twenty-seven years of age he began the 
manufacture of shoes in Tonawanda. He 
married (first) Clarissa Fletcher. Children, 



bom in Erie county. New York : Sarah, Louis, 
Daniel, Margaret, John Edwin and John Ed- 
ward (twins). He married (second) Cath- 
erine .Herzog, bom in Darmstadt, Germany, 
February 28, 1844, died March 26, 1906. She 
came to the United States with her parents in 
1855 ; children : i. Mary, married G. Ott, of 
Geneva, New York; ii. Kate, died young; iii. 
Barbara C., married Louis J. Lang; iv. George 
H., married, June 23, 1898, Elizabeth, sister 
of Louis J. Lang, child, Lester Arlington, born 
in Dunkirk, November 22, 1904; v. Elizabeth 
H., unmarried; vi. Herman B. ; vii. William 
G., married Nellie Lohrenz. Children of Louis 
J. and Barbara C. Lang; Louise K., born June 
3, 1895; Esther R., September 16, 1896; Her- 
bert W., April 8, 1899. 

This surname is variously spelled 
ABBEY Abba, Abbee, Abbey, Abet, Abbie, 
Abie, Abbeye and Abby. The En- 
field branch of the family has used the forms 
Abby and Abbey, while the Windham,* Con- 
necticut, branch has preferred Abbe as a rule. 
The origin of the name is doubtless from some 
location at or near an abbey, from which some 
progenitor took a nickname that became a 
family name in accordance with a common pro- 
cess. The Abbe coat-of-arms : Gules five fusils 
in fesse between three scallop shells. Crest 
on a wreath of three colors of the shield (gules 
and argent) an eagle's head erased or.' 

(I) The first settler doubtless came from 
England, and tradition fixes his home in the 
old country at Norwich, county Norfolk. There 
is a tradition that the Enfield family came 
from John Abbe, a native of Maryland, of 
Huguenot stock, but the records seem clearly 
to show that the Enfield and Windham fam- 
ilies are descended from John Abbe, of Wen- 
ham, Massachusetts. Some remote ancestor 
may have been Norman French, but John was 
undoubtedly English. He was received as an 
inhabitant of Salem, January 2, 1636-7, and 
allotted an acre of land "for an house next be- 
yond ye gunsmiths and three acres of planting 
ground where ye town hath appoynted beyond 
Castle Hill." He had ten acres more granted 
in 1642 in Salem, probably in the part that was 
later Wenham. He was mentioned first in 
Wenham records in 1643, was a prominent citi- 
zen, and constable in i6i59. He and his wife 
Mary conveyed land at Wenham to their sons 
John and Samuel, and completed the disposal 

9— w 

of his real estate by deed dated August 3, 1683. 
He was at Reading, according to Savage, May 
7, 1685, but records prove he left Wenham. He 

married (first) Mary , died September 

9, 1672, (second), November 25, 1674, Mary 
Goldsmith. He died at Wenham, about 1690, 
agea about severity- four years. Children: i. 
John, settled in Windham, Connecticut; was 
admitted an inhabitant there December 9, 1696; 
dismissed from Wenham to Windham church ; 
died December 11, 1700. 2. Samuel, of fur- 
ther mention. 3. Sarah. 4. Marah, married 

Killam. 5. Rebecca, married, May 13, 

1667, Richard Kimball. 6. Obadiah, settled at 
Enfield; married Sarah Warriner, widow of 
Joseph. 4. Thomas, ancestor of the Enfield 

(H) Samuel, son of John Abbey, was bom 
about 1650, in Salem, or Wenham, Massachu- 
setts. His father deeded to him ten acres of 
land in Wenham, March 29, 1675, and he was 
a surveyor there in 1676. He bought land of 
Lot Kilham, in Salem Village, in 1682, and he 
and his wife were dismissed to form the Salem 
Village church November 15, 1689. He had 
other land transactions in Essex county. He 
sold his property April 3, 1697, to Zachariah 
White, of Lynn, and bought November 4, 1697, 
of Benjamin Howard, of Windham, Connecti- 
cut, for twenty-two pounds ten shillings, half 
an allotment of land (five hundred acres), 
being No. 2 at the Center, then at or near 
Bricktop, with half the house, etc. He was 
admitted an inhabitant of Windham, December 
21, 1697. He died in Windham, in March, 
1697-98, before he was fairly settled in the 
new home. He married, at Wenham, October 
12, 1672, Mary Knowlton, and she married, 
after his death, April 27, 1699, Abraham 
Mitchell, an early Windham settler, by whom 
she had a son Daniel Mitchell, born and died 
December 10, 1700. Children, born at Wen- 
ham and Salem Village: Mary, about 1674; 
Samuel, about 1676, married Hannah Silsby, 
and died January 15, 1736-37; Thomas, about 
1679, died at Windham, April i, 1700; Eliza- 
beth, about 1681, married William Slate ; Eben- 
ezer, of further mention ; Mercy, March i, 1684- 
85, married Jonathan Ormsby, of Windham; 
Sarah, July 4 or 6, 1686, married John Fowler ; 
Hepsibah, February 14, 1688-89, married Sam- 
uel Palmer; Abigail, November 19, 1690, mar- 
ried probably Joseph Ormsby, of Rehoboth; 
John, June 4, 1692, settled in Hartford, died 



1790; Benjamin, June 4, 1694, settled in Glas- 
tonbury, married Mary Tryon ; Jonathan, born 
about 1697, settled in VVillington. 

(III) Ebenezer, son of Samuel Abbey, was 
bom at Salem Village, July 31, 1683; was of 
Norwich, Connecticut, November, 1705, when 
he purchased of his brother Samuel fifty-five 
acres of land at Newfound Meadow in Wind- 
hanr. He sold to Samuel at the same time, 
land in Bushnell Plain and Willimantic. He 
settled at what is now North Windham, and 
may have lived in later life at Mansfield ; was 
a member of the Hampton church in 1725. 
He married Mary Allen, daughter of Joshua, 
one of the early settlers of Mansfield, October 
28, 1707, and he died December 5, 1758. She 
died in 1766. He mentions ten of his thirteen 
children in his will, the others having died be- 
fore. Children: i. Ebenezer, born July 27, 
1708, of further mention. 2. Elizabeth, Sep- 
tember II, 1709; married Daniel Cross, of 
Mansfield. 3. Joshua, January 20, 1710-11. 
4, Mary, September 21, 17 12; married Jona- 
than Bingham Jr. 5. Nathan, May 6, 1714; 
.settled in Mansfield; married (first) Silence 
Ames, (second) Lucy Hovey. 6. Gideon, Feb- 
ruary 13, 171 5-16. 7. Samuel, October 30, 
1 71 7, died March i, 1718. 8. Samuel, April 
24, 1719. 9. Zerviah, March 17, 1720-21 ; mar- 
ried Elihu Marsh. 10. Jerusha, October 22, 
1722; married Samuel Wood. 11. Abigail, 
August I, 1724. 12. Miriam, August 31, 1726; 
married William Cross. 13. Solomon, May 29, 


(IV) Ebenezer (2), son of Ebenezer (i) 

Abbey, was born in Windham, July 27, 1708. 

He married Abigail-^ , February 22, 1729- 

30. Children: Mary, bom March 26, 1731 ; 
Isaac, July 25, 1733; Abner, August 26, 1737; 
Ebenezer, June 10, 1739; Jacob, August 23, 
1 741 ; John, of further mention ; Samuel, June 
21, 1747. 

(V) John, sixth child of Ebenezer and Abi- 
gail Abbey, was born in Windham, Connecti- 
cut, August 23, 1743. He settled at Bellows 
Falls, Connecticut, where he died. He served 
in the revolutionary war as a private of the 
Continental army. He married, April 27, 1768, 
Dorothy Bugbee, and had issue. 

(VI) David, son of John and Dorothy 
(Bugbee) Abbey, was born at Bellows Falls, 
Connecticut, in 1789, died in 1876. After his 
marriage he came to New York state, where 
he finally, in 1823, settled in the town of 
\'illenova (now Arkwright), Chautauqua coun- 

ty. He was a farmer all his life, and owned 
land in various places. He married Hannah 
Woods, of Bennington, Vermont, daughter of 
Nathan Woods, a revolutionary soldier and 
descendant of John Woods, born in England, 
about 1 610, was one of the first settlers of 
Sudbury, Massachusetts, married Mary Par- 
menter. Children of David and Hannah Ab- 
bey : James Parker ; Chauncey, of further men- 
tion; Abbial; Hannah; John; David J., and 
one who died young. 

(V^II) Chauncey, son of David and -Han- 
nah (Woods) Abbey, was born in the town of 
Virgil, Cortland county, New York, April i, 
181 5, died in Fredonia, New York, September 
II, 1894. He grew to manhood on the home 
farm, and received his education in the public 
schools, becoming especially proficient in mathe- 
matics. After arriving at manhood he became 
the owner of a farm at Arkwright, containing 
one hundred and ninety-four acres, and there 
for sixty years he devoted himself to its man- 
agement and cultivation. In a community 
noted for fine farms and abundant crops, his 
was easily one of the leaders. He brought his 
acreage to a wonderful condition of produc- 
tiveness and became prosperous. Besides till- 
ing his fertile fields, he engaged extensively for 
many years in stock raising and dealing. In 
1856 Mr. Abbey, in association with Stephen 
M. Clements and others, organized the Fre- 
donia Bdnk at Fredonia, New York, which in 
1865 was reorganized and incorporated as the 
Fredonia National Bank. In i8iB2 Mr. Abbey 
was elected president, and served in that im- 
portant position twelve years until his death 
in 1894. He was a large stockholder and di- 
rector in both the old and new banks, and in 
their management his good judgment and sane, 
conservative business methods added much to 
their uniform success and prosperity. He be- 
lieved in Chautauqua county farm property 
as an investment, and owned several valuable 
tracts in the county, besides his farm at Ark- 
wright, also a well improved farm in Ohio. 
The career of this farmer boy who came from 
lowly life to be a leader in his county is an in- 
structive one. Naturally slow and cautious in 
business dealings, he broadened and expanded 
in every way, becoming prominent in every de- 
partment of county life. He acquired a knowl- 
edge of business forms, drew wills, settled 
estates, acted as guardian, and cared for the 
investments of minors and others. He was 
the general banker for the community, no other 



security being required than his word. In 
matters of advice and counsel he was much 
sought after, and he freely and willingly gave 
to the many who asked from his wise judg- 
ment and wide experience. His life was suc- 
cessful and useful, and not given up to selfish, 
ignoble purpose. While he prospered, it was 
not at the expense of otl^srs, but by persistent 
effort wisely directed, and his wealth was right- 
ly used. He served his town as supervisor for 
eight years, which office was the only public 
one he ever accepted. He supported the Re- 
publican party, and was an attendant and lib- 
eral supporter of the Presbyterian church. 

He married (first) Elizabeth, daughter of 
Stephen Chase, of Charlotte, New York. She 
died March 28, 1855, aged thirty-eight years. 
Children: i. Hannah, died young. 2. Rubie 
Lovina, a resident of Fredonia, New York. 3. 
Rosa E., married (first) Manly M. Sessions; 
children, born in Hamlet, New York: Chaun- 
cey David, married Clara Britton, and has 
Manly Morris and Elizabeth Heath; Sarah 
Mabel, married Charles A. Hopkins; she mar- 
ried (second) Albertus Pierce. 4. Etta Eliza- 
l)eth, married Warren B. Hooker ( see Hooker). 

The query of Verstigan's, quot- 
SMITH ed below, has been replied to by 

Lowen, who says : "The antiquary 
should have been aware that the radix of this 
term is the Saxon *Smithan,' to Smite: and 
therefore it was originally applied to artificers 
in wood, as well as to those in metal, and to 
smithers in general." Hence the frequency of 
the name is easily accounted for. The term 
was applied to everything which required ham- 

From whence conies Smith, all be he knight or squire, 
But from the Smith that forgeth at the fire. 

For many years the Smiths of primitive 
England were regarded as sorcerers and wiz- 
ards. Vestiges of this have lingered long. In 
papers of apprenticeships to the trade of a 
smith in modern times the expression some- 
times occurs "the art and the mystery" of the 
trade to be taught by the master. Among 
primitive people, even to-day, the belief pre- 
vails that the smith is a wizard. Among the 
Yakuts of northeastern Siberia smiths are be- 
lieved to have healing and prophetic powers. 
Spirits, these people claim, are more afraid of 
the clink of the smith's hammer and the roar 
of his bellows than of any other earthly mani- 

festations of force. Sir Walter Scott's novel, 
"Kenilworth," introduces a smith as the wizard 
of the plot — ^the alchemist, the prophet, the 
magician, who mysteriously does and makes 
unexpected things in a remarkable way. In 
broad generic terms a smith meant a "maker 
of something." The name originated on Eng- 
lish soil, as a surname, though the word from 
which it is derived was Saxon, and hence 
"Smitan" was a Saxon word long before the 
days of surnames, and before the Saxons left 
the north of Europe for the British Isles. 
Smith, a strictly Anglo-Saxon word, became a 
surname in England first, and not earlier than 
the year 1065, and was so applied after the 
vocation of the first man to assume such a 
surname, and many other men so engaged fol- 
lowed the idea. Hence, few, if any, of them 
were related. So the Smith families of to-day 
are divided by blood into families that never 
had any relationship to each other in their 
origin, except as to race. Still, true it may 
have been, that any European going to Eng- 
land in the days of the adoption of surnames, 
and there taking up the business of a smith, 
may have become a Smith in name also ; thus, 
in the name of Smith, there well may be the 
blood of Saxon, Angle, Teuton, Gaul, or other. 
So, true it is, that no man can now say what 
was the blood or prior nationality of any one 
of the various Smiths of England, who, hap- 
pening to be a smith in that country in the 
twelfth century, became known by the Saxon 
name of Smith. In the majority of cases it is 
merely safe to assume that being on English 
soil the most of such men were of native stock, 
Saxon, Angle, or Dane. (From "The Making 
of Smith," prepared for and under the sug- 
gestions of T. Guilford Smith, LL. D., of Buf- 
lafo. New York). 

The line, as traced to T. Guilford Smith, 
begins with Ralph Smyth, of Hingham, Massa- 
chusetts. He is said by Gushing to have come 
to America from old Hingham, England, in 
1633, and indicates that he came alone. His 
name first appears upon Hingham records in 
1637, when he drew a house lot on Bachelor 
street. The colony records call him "Ralph 
Smyth"; as late as September 22, 1652, the 
Suffolk county probate records say "Ralph 
Smyth, of Hingham." His name figures often 
on Plymouth colony records ; he seems to have 
been rather a headstrong character, and, sev- 
eral times, was haled to court, although, in 
1660, he was chosen "constable at Eastham." 



Letters of administration were granted, Octo- 
ber 27, 1685, to "Grace Smith, relict of Ralph 

(II) Thomas Smith, (Savage says) "prob- 
ably son of Ralph," was on a list of voters of 
the town of Eastham, Massachusetts, in 1675, 
who had been admitted since 1655. June 24, 
1690, he took the freeman's oath, at Barnstable. 
His wife was named Mary, and they had: 
Ralph, of whom further; Rebeccah, Thomas, 
David, Jonathan, Isaac and Jesse. Widow 
Mary Smith died March 22, 1736-37. 

(III) Ralph (2), son of Thomas and Mary 
Smith, was born October 3, 1772. There is 
every reason to believe that he is the Ralph 
Srnith, of Burfington, New Jersey, who first 
appears on the records there in 1725 : "Ralph 
Smith, juryman, March term, Burlington coun- 
ty court." There is little record or trace of 
Ralph Smith in the Quaker records of Bur- 
lington, and, with the exception of the petition 
of his eldest son for a guardian after Ralph's 
death, and the gravestone of Olive Smith, his 
wife, and the well-founded tradition that he is 
buried by her side, there appears no existing 
record of his life. This may be accounted for 
by the fact that he was a "mariner," and spent 
a great part of his life on the sea. It is not 
likely he possessed any considerable wealth, 
hence would have little interest ashore, beyond 
his own family circle. That he was buried in 
St. Mary's churchyard, Burlington, is proven 
by the word of residents of Burlington, who 
remembered having seen a headstone (now 
missing) by the side of Olive Smith, and who 
recognized it as marking the grave of Ralph 
Smith. He died shortly prior to February 28, 
1734, his wife having died in 1731. Children, 
as far as known : Catherine, Hugh and Ralph. 
Olive, wife of Ralph Smith, was a daughter 
of Thomas and Margaret (Duehurst) Clarke. 
Thomas was a carpenter and joiner of Bur- 
lington, a landowner, and of service in the 
church. Olive was born 1698. It appears that 
her mother rendered practiciail service to St. 
Mary's Church, and, before marriage, she was 
her mother's assistant. Various sums are noted 
as having been paid her in 1 717- 18. Her grave- 
stone, still standing, says she died July 17, 1731, 
aged thirty-three years. Also that a daughter 
Catherine died on the same day. Hugh, the 
eldest son, became a mariner, which presup- 
poses a life similar to that led by his father. 
He was a builder of river craft and ran river 
boats for transporting freight and passengers 

between Philadelphia and Burlington. He mar- 
ried, but there is no record of issue. 

(IV) Ralph (3), second son of Ralph (2) 
and Olive Smith, was born February 29, 1724, 
at Burlington, New Jersey. Of his career 
little is known. He appears to have taken 
charge of his own fortunes at an early age. 
He was frequently im and perhaps a resident 
of Philadelphia. He became a member of the 
Society of Friends, most likely influenced by 
hifi wife, Margery Allen, a woman of strong 
character, daughter of a distinguished New 
Jersey family. They were married in Christ's 
Church, Philadelphia, April 22, 1749. 

(V) Thomas, son of Ralph (3) and Mar- 
gery (Allen) Smith, was bom August 23, 1761^ 
died June 21, 1810. He served in the revo- 
lution, from Pennsylvania. "Thomas Smith, 
Bombardier,*mentioned in muster roll of Sep- 
tember 12, 1777, of Captain Andrew Sum- 
mer's fifth company, fifth class, Philadelphia 
militia, regiment of foot, commanded by Colo- 
nel John Eyre." (Pennsylvania Archives, vol. 
13, page 849). A Thomas Smith received a 
commission, in 1782, as a privateer, schooner 
"Bloom," twenty-five men, six guns. (This 
may have been the same Thomas Smith). He 
was a member of the Society of Friends. He 
married, at the First Presbyterian Church, 
Philadelphia, September 26, 1782, Grizzel East- 
wick, born July 5, 1763, died May 9, 1851, 
daughter of Captain Thomas Eastwick. Chil- 
dren: I. Charles Eastwick, of whom further. 
2. Margaret, died aged fifty- four years seven 
months. 3. Margery, married Joseph Price. 
4. Thomas, became a rich man, and left an 
estate of $113,000, over which a bitter lawsuit 
was waged, he having left a large amount to 
the Friends' boarding school, of Westtown; 
the heirs sought justice and finally won their 
case ; he was a lumber dealer of Philadelphia ; 
unmarried. 5. Mary W., died, unmarried, aged 
twenty-six. 6. Hugh, married Ellen Chamber- 
lain, of Flemington, New Jersey. 7. New- 
berry, died, unmarried, in his fifty-fifth year; 
a druggist of Philadelphia. 8. Edward, died 
in infancy. 9. Ann, twin of Edward, died, 
unmarried, in her fifty-fifth year. 10. Sus- 
anna, died, unmarried, aged seventy-six years ; 
she was the last survivor of the family. 11. 
William Allen, died aged thirty-six years ; mar- 
ried Ann E. Rush. 

(VI) Charles Eastwick, eldest child of 
Thomas and Grizzel (Eastwick) Smith, was 
born August 17, 1783, died April 17, 1828. 





His mother is buried at Laurel Hill Ceme- 
tery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a 
druggist, having a store located at the corner 
of Second and New streets, Philadelphia. He 
married, April 5, 1808, at the "North meeting 
house" (Friends), Philadelphia, Mary Ogden, 
born "ist month, 8th day, 1784, at 6 o'clock in 
the morning and 7th day of the week," and 
"died in (Blossburg) Tioga county, Pennsyl- 
vania, nth month, 2nd day, 1838, Mary Smith, 
late Ogden, aged 54 years, 3 months, one day." 
She was the daughter of Hugh and Dorothy 
(Meng) Ogden. Children: i. Franklin, mar- 
ried Mary Guest. 2. Hugh Ogden, died un- 
married. 3. Margaret, married James R. Wil- 
son. 4. Pemberton, of whom further. 5. Charles. 
6. Charles East wick, born November, 1820, 
died 1900; he became a man of great promi- 
nence in Philadelphia; he joined the Union 
League, of Philadelphia, January 14, 1863, 
seventeen days after its organization, and was 
president, 1877-78 ; also president of Philadel- 
phia &; Reading railroad, from 1859 to 1869. 
(Vn) Pemberton, son of Charles Eastwick 
and Mary (Ogden) Smith, was born in Phila- 
delphia, Pennsylvania, September 12, 18 16, 
died May 14, 1873, and is buried in Laurel 
Hill Cemetery, with his wife Margaretta. He 
traveled in the south in 1835-36-37, in the em- 
ploy of the firm of Wilson, McCowan & Com- 
pany, who failed in 1837. Mr. Smith then 
came north and entered into partnership with 
Thomas Zell, his uncle, forming the hardware 
firm of Thomas Zell & Company, with store at 
the comer of Eighth and Market streets, Phila- 
delphia. Later the firm was Zell & Smith, and, 
from 1856-64, Pemberton Smith. After retir- 
ing from business, in 1864, he traveled abroad, 
with his wife, for one or two years, then re- 
turned to Philadelphia, which was his home 
until death. He gave much time and interest 
to educational and philanthropic societies and 
work, particularly the House of Refuge, in 
Philadelphia, and the Pennsylvania Society for 
the Establishment and Support of Charity 
Schools. He was a life member of this society, 
and a leader in advancing the cause of educa- 
tion of boys and girls. The schools, established 
by the society, were in a measure free schools, 
and, after they became factors in their sphere 
of good works, Mr. Smith became one of their 
stanchest supporters. Outside of his hard- 
ware business he made this his chief endeavor. 
On January 6 he was elected to the board of 
managers of the House of Refuge, and served 

for many years. At various times he was secre- 
tary and active on committees. After 1864, 
when he retired from business, he continued 
his zeal and interest, which ceased only with 
his death, and was secretary of the society up 
to a short time previous to his decease. He was 
instrumental in having sewing taught to chil- 
dren in schools, in a practical way. At the sug- 
gestion of his son, T. Guilford Smith, he brought 
into execution the idea of introducing sewing 
machines into the Beck and Ludwig schools. 
He personally carried out the innovation, se- 
cured the machines from the manufacturers, 
and made the teaching of sewing in the schools 
of practical, valuable benefit. This idea was 
adopted in other schools, and is now an essential 
feature of public school work in many cities. 

Pemberton Smith married, December 4, 1838, 
Margaretta E. Zell, a descendant of Jacob 
Zell, a German pioneer of note, who settled at 
Lower Merion, Montgomery county, Pennsyl- 
vania, in 1740. 

(Vni) T. Guilford, son of Pemberton and 
Margaretta E. (Zell) Smith, was born. in Phila- 
delphia, Pennsylvania, August 27, 1839. He 
was educated in private and public schools, 
and was graduated as salutatorian of the thirty- 
second class of the Central High School, of 
Philadelphia, with the d^ree of A. B., in 
1858. He then entered Rensselaer Polytechnic 
Institute, Troy, New York, whence he was 
graduated civil engineer, in 1861. Immedi- 
ately after his degree was obtained Mr. Smith 
entered the engineering department of the Phil*- 
adelphia & Reading railroad. In 1865 he re- 
signed to become manager of the Philadelphia 
Sugar Refinery, an office he held until 1869. 
In 1870-71 he was consulting engineer to sev- 
eral railroads and mineral enterprises in the 
south and west, and, in their interest, visited 
England and the continent, in 1872. Being 
deeply interested in prison reforms he was 
also chosen as delegate to the International 
Prison Congress, which met in London that 
year. On his return to the United States he 
located at Buffalo, New York, where he has 
had a long and most notable career, .as secre- 
tary of the Union Iron Company, of that city, 
and representative of the great steel producing 
companies. In 1878 he became western sales 
agent of the Philadelphia & Reading Coal and 
Iron Company, and, in 1883, of the firm of 
Albright & Smith, sales agents of the Phila- 
delphia & Reading Coal and Iron Company, 
for New York state and Canada; for over 



twenty years he has been manager of sales for 
the Carnegie Steel CcMiipany, and also con- 
tinues to represent it and the Illinois Steel 
Company and the United States Steel Pro- 
ducts Export Company. For several years, 
during this period, he was also active as vice- 
president of the New York Gar Wheel Works, 
and the St. Thomas Car Wheel Company, of 
St. Thomas, Ontario, and of the Canada Iron 
Furnace Company, limited. He is an author- 
ity in the iron and steel world, and commands 
respectful attention in that business. 

Dr. Smith is noted for his work in the cause 
of education. Since 1890 he has served as a 
regent of the University of the State of New 
York, and, since 1891, as chairman of the 
museum committee of the board of regents. 
This position is an honored one, for the regents 
.are elected for life by the legislature, and to 
them are entrusted all the institutions of higher 
learning in the commonwealth. Other institu- 
tions with which he was closely connected are 
the University of Buffalo, as member of coun- 
cil; Alfred University, which conferred the de- 
gree of LL. D. on him, in 1900, in recog- 
nition of his efforts in establishing, at Alfred, 
the New York State School of Clays and 
Ceramics. He was president of the Buffalo 
Library, and, during his term of office, suc- 
ceeded in having the library made free to the 
public, and secured an annual appropriation of 
$80,000 from the city. He was president of 
the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy for several 
years, and has been president of the Buffalo 
Society of Natural Sciences since 1904, and 
president of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Insti- 
tute Alumni Association in 1889. In 1863 
Central High School, of Philadelphia, con- 
ferred on him the degree of A. M. ; Hobart 
College, in 1899, LL. D. ; Alfred University, 
in 1900, LL. D. Since 1888 Dr. Smith has 
been president of the Charity Organization 
Society, of Buffalo, and is now honorary presi- 
dent of this pioneer society of the United 
States. He was a director of the American 
Society of Civil Engineers in 1894-96, and, the 
same year, was delegate from the American 
Society of Civil Engineers to the Eleventh 
International Congress of Medicine and Sur- 
gery, at Rome, Italy. In 1894 and 1898 he 
visited the Orient and Europe, again visited 
Europe in 1901, and, in 1907, Egypt, Greece 
and Italy. In 1904 he was prominent in the 
reception of the members of the Iron and Steel 
Institute. While at Rensselaer Polytechnic 

Institute he was elected a member of Delta 
Chapter, Theta Delta Chi. In 1894 Hobart 
College made him an honorary member of Phi 
Beta Kappa. He belongs to many societies of 
a professional nature, among them the Frank- 
lin Institute, of Philadelphia; American Soci- 
ety of Civil Engineers, and the American In- 
stitute of Mining Engineers. His other soci- 
eties, of a scientific and economic nature, are: 
The American Academy of Political and Social 
Science ; the American Economic Association ; 
American Protective Tariff League. His his- 
torical and patriotic societies are : The Histor- 
ical Society of Pennsylvania ; the Buffalo His- 
torical Society ; the Colonial Society of Penn 
sylvania; the Welcome Society of Pennsyl- 
vania; the New York State Historical Society ; 
the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of 
New York ; the Pilgrim Society of Plymouth ; 
the Sons of the Revolution ; companion of the 
first hereditary class of the Military Order of 
the Loyal Legion. During the Pan-American 
Exposition, of 1901, he was chairman of the 
committee of fine arts, also a member of the 
committee on state and foreign relations. His 
alumni associations are: Central High School, 
of Philadelphia, and Rensselaer Polytechnic 
Institute, oi which he was president in 1899. 
His clubs are the Buffalo and Park. 

His liberality and reverence for an honored 
ancestry led Dr. Smith to patiently pursue a 
search of twenty years, and to bear the heavy 
expense of a compilation of "The Making of 
Smith," a work of four imperial quarto vol- 
umes, beautifully and securely bound, and pro- 
fusely illustrated, m order that the knowledge 
therein contained may be preserved to his chil- 
dren and to his children's children. The work 
is a valuable addition to the historical literature 
of this state and country. Three sets only were 
made of the work. The first he presented to 
the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (on 
view at its building, 1300 Locust street, Phila- 
delphia) ; the second to the New York State 
Library, at Albany, of which he is a trustee ; 
the third to the Buffalo Historical Society, on 
view at its building, in Delaware Park. The 
work is "a collection of the records, etc., of 
the Smith family of Cape Cod and Hingham, 
Massachusetts ; Burlington, New Jersey ; Phila- 
delphia, Pennsylvania, and Buffalo, New York, 
and of the forty-six families that have become 
allied therewith in America, since 1630, and 
in Europe prior thereto." It was prepared 
under the suggestions of Dr. Smith, by C. A. 



Hoppin, antiquary of Hartford, Connecticut, 
and London, England. It is from this work 
that the record herein contained is compiled. 

Dr. Smith married, July 14, 1864, at St. 
Mark's Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Rev. 
Dr. Tustin officiating, Mary Stewart Ives, born 
at Lansingbureh, New York. November 15, 
1839, daughter of Chauncey Pel ton and Char- 
lotte Brownell Stewart Ives, and a descendant 
of William Ives, an early settler at Boston, 
Massachusetts, in 1635. Children: 

1. Pemberton, born June 3, 1865; now a 
civil engineer and South American representa- 
tive of the United States Steel Products Ex- 
port Company, located at Buenos Ay res, Argen- 
tina ; married (first) Edwina W. Winter, Janu- 
ary 5, 1897, at St. Paul, Minnesota ; child : Pem- 
berton (3), bom December 18, 1897. He mar- 
ried (second) Pauline Croes; child: Thomas 
Guilford, born July 31, 1907. 

2. Chauncey Pelton, born October 2T, 1869; 
graduated, 1892, from medical department of 
University of Pennsylvania, then took a post- 
graduate course at Johns Hopkins Hospital, 
Baltimore, Maryland; 1893-94 was assistant 
resident surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital, 
Baltimore; 1894-99, assistant to Dr. Roswell 
Park, the noted surgeon of Buffalo; 1897- 
1901, attending surgeon at Fitch Accident Hos- 
pital, Buffalo; 1900-1902. assistant surgeon at 
Buffalo General Hospital; 1897-1902, member 
of Civil Service Commission, of Buffalo ; now 
established in successful general practice, in 
Buffalo (191 1 ). 

Among the famous American ancestors of 
Dr. Smith, all of whom took special part in 
the history of their times are : Nathaniel Sylves- 
ter, of Manor of Shelter Island (New York). 
The Sylvesters were Englishmen, who, through 
their adherence to their monarch, Charles I., 
and subsequently to Charles II., found it in- 
convenient to remain in England. The monu- 
ment, erected in memory of his life and serv- 
ices, is inscribed: • 

Nathaniel Sylvester, 
First resident nroorietor of the 
Manor of Shelter Island, 
Under f?rant of Charles II.. A. D., 1666. 
An Enfirlishman. intrepid. loyal to dtity, faithful to 
friendship, the soul of inteerrity and honor, hos- 
pitable to wealth and culture, sheltering even 
the persecuted for conscience sake. 

On the south side : "Of the sufferings for con- 

science sake of friends of Nathaniel Sylvester, 
most of whom sought shelter here, including 
George Fox, founder of the Society of Quakers, 
and of his followers : Mary Dyer, Marmaduke 
Stevenson, William Robinson, William Ted- 
dera, who were executed on Boston Common." 
On the east side: "Lawrence and Lassandra 
Southwick, deported, imprisoned, starved, whip- 
ped, banished, who fled here to die.'' 

Another ancestor is George Allen, a prom- 
inent Quaker, of Sandwich, Massachusetts, 
whose descendants founded Allentown, New 
Jersey. Another ancestor is James Lloyd, of 
Bristol, England; Boston, Massachusetts, and 
Manor of Queens Village, Lloyd's Neck, Long 
Island, New York. Another is Henry How- 
land, of England and Duxbury, Massachusetts ; 
another, William Bullock, keeper of the Cele- 
brated Three Crowns Tavern, m Philadelphia ; 
another, nbram Tunes, of Germantown, Penn- 
sylvania, part owner of the first paper mill in 
America; another, Arendt Klincken, of Ger- 
mantown, Pennsylvania, one of the signers of 
the first written protest against slavery in 
America, written in 1688; another, John Chris- 
topher Meng, builder and trustee of German- 
town Academy, with many more noted families 
of New England, New Jersey, New York and 

Mary Ogden, wife of Thomas Eastwick 
Smith, descended from David Ogden, who 
came in the "Welcome," with William Penn, 
1632. He was a member of the first Friends' 
meeting within the present limits of Philadel- 
phia. He married Martha Houlston. Their 
son, Samuel Ogden, married Esther Lownes. 
Their son, George, married Mary Low. Their 
son, Hugh, married Anna Dorothea Meng. 
Their daughter, Mary Ogden, married Charles 
Eastwick Smith, grandfather of T. Guilford 
Smith, of Buffalo. . 

The blood of many nationalities has con- 
tributed to the "Making of Smith," ever since 
landing in America. English, German, Dutch 
and Welsh are strongly represented. This 
admixture has produced, in the twentieth cen- 
tury, a most perfect type of man, whom we 
are proud to call American. These families 
date from early colonial times, and cover every 
branch of the public service, civil and military. 
Many of them were Quakers and suffered for 
their faith; the revolutionary rolls teem with 
their names ; while the world of science has 
been enriched by their offerings. The name 



of Smith is an honored one in our own land, 
and the worthy members of the past were not 
one whit superior to those who now bear the 

While the Warrens of Eng- 
WARREN land, Scotland and Ireland all 

spring, no doubt, from the com- 
mon ancestor, William de Warren, who came 
to England with the Conqueror, there is no 
evidence that the early Warrens, herein re- 
corded, were related to John Warren, the emi- 
grant, ancestor of another branch, with de- 
scendants in Western New York. This branch 
is believed to descend from James Warren, 
who was in Kittery, Maine, before 1656. This 
territory is now included in the town of South 
Berwick, lying along the New Hampshire line. 
Canadian records, on the authority of his 
daughter Grisel (who married and lived in 
Canada), say: "He was born in Berwick, Scot- 
land." Other records seem to show he was 
born in England. If born in Scotland he was 
of English descent. He married Margaret, a 
native of Ireland. Tradition says James War- 
ren was one of the prisoners taken by Crom- 
well, who, not knowing how else to dispose of 
them, sent them to America. James Warren 
settled in Kittery, in the upper part of the 
town now South Berwick. His farm fronted 
on Cow Cove, an inlet to the river. His first 
grant was very poor land, and later he had 
grants near Warren's Pond. He held vari- 
ous offices in the town, being selectman several 
years. He died in 1702. His will, made De- 
cember 9, 1760, was proved December 24, 
1702. Margaret, his widow, made her will De- 
cember 13, 1712, probated October 15, 1713. 
Children: i. Gilbert, bom 1656. 2. James, 
1658. 3. Margaret, 1660. 4. Grisel, March 
6, 1662; married Richard Otis, a blacksmith 
of Dover, New Hampshire ; he and his daugh- 
ter Hannah were killed by Indians in the 
Dover massacre, June 28, 1689, and Grisel, 
with her babe Margaret, three months old, with 
others, were carried to Canada captives; she 
remained in Canada, married a second hus- 
band and died there. 5. Jane, died before the 
date of her father's will. 

(II) James (2), son of James (i) and 
Margaret Warren, was born in Kittery, Maine, 
in 1658. He was selectman in 1701-02-03, and 
held other town offices ; was one of a commit- 
tee of six, in 1713. to treat with a like com- 

mittee of Kittery, on the division between the 
two towns, and, in 17 19, was a surveyor to 
run the division line. He married, 169 1, Mary, 
daughter of John and Elizabeth Foss, or Frost, 
of Dover, New Hampshire. Children: Mary 
Margaret, born February 23, 1692 ; James, men- 
tioned below; Rachel, August 26, 1700; Gil- 
bert, April 30, 1703; John, December 16, 1705. 

(III) James (3), son of James (2) and 
Mary (Foss or Frost) Warren, was born Janu- 
ary 9, 1698. He married May, daughter of 
Moses and Abigail (Taylor) Goodwin, born 
September 18, 1699. He held various town 
offices, and was a well-to-do farmer. Children : 
Sarah, Benjamin, Elizabeth, Moses, James H., 
Samuel, Chadboume, William, Martha. 

(IV) Moses, son of James (3) and Mary 
(Goodwin) Warren, married, November 27, 
1765, Mrs. Mary Cooper. Children: Moses 
(2), John, Daniel, James, Eunice Joy, Mary 

(V) James (4), son of" Moses and Mary 
(Cooper) Warren, was born about 1775. He 
removed to New York state, and was a farmer 
of eastern Otsego county. He married a first 
wife who bore him one son. He married (sec- 
ond) PhebeLove. Children: Horatio, Orsamus, 
Henry, Defour, Cynthia, Lucy. 

(VI) Orsamus, son of James (4) and Phebe 
(Love) Warren, was born in Otsego county. 
New York, June 7, 1800. He died February 
16, 1876. He was a farmer and pioneer of 
Wyoming county, New York, later removing 
to the town of Wales, Erie county, where he 
opened the first store in the town, at Wales 
Hollow, in 1823. James Wood later became 
his partner. Mr. Warren withdrew in 1827, 
removing to the town of Clarence, same coun- 
ty and state, where he carried on a general 
country store, was long a prominent business 
man, and cultivated a farm he had purchased 
in the town. He was supervisor of Clarence 
in 1843. He married (first) Nancy Sheldon 
(or Joslyn), of Lebanon, New Hampshire, 
born October 20, 1800, died July 8, 1843, (sec- 
ond) Harriet TiflFany. Children, all by first 
marriage: i. James Dunlap, of whom further. 
2. Betsey Elizabeth, born January 26, 1824, 
ilied February 7, 1850. 3. Harriet Nancy, born 
March 26, 1826: married, September 27, 1849, 
Spencer Marsh ; children : Wayne Dodge and 
James Warren. 4. Mary, born October 17, 
1828; married, August 22, 1856. Albert Tracy 
Love, born November 11. 1826. died May 



6, 1897; children: i. Julia, born May 5, 
1852, married, 1874, Guerdon Prince, and had 
Tracy (died young) and Frances Miller; ii. 
Laura, born June 11, 1854, married Charles 
O. Rareo; iii. Mary, born November 11, 1856, 
married Alpheus Prince, and had George, died 
at age of eighteen years, and Howard. 5. 
Sarah, born May 22, 1831, died August 3, 1898. 
6. Sophia, twin of Sarah, died in 1836. 7. 
Charles, born March 30, 1834, died December 
28, 1835. 8. Julia, born May 23, 1836 (see 
Warren-Smith). 9. Horatio Nelson (q. v.). 
10. Seth William (q. v.). 11. Lucia, born May 
10, 1843, died June 5, 1843. 

(VH) James Dunlap, son of Orsamus and 
Nancy (Sheldon or Joslyn) Warren, was born 
in Bennington, Wyoming county. New York, 
January 19, 1823, died in Buffalo, December 
17, 188(6. He was two years of age when his 
parents removed to Erie county, settling finally 
in the town of Clarence. His boyhood was 
spent in school, on the farm, and in his father's 
store. When twenty years of age he made a 
tour of the south, spending a year and a half 
in Natchez, Mississippi, completing his educa- 
tion. After his return to Clarence he engaged 
in mercantile life, also in farming. Here he 
also began his public career. For several years 
he was supervisor of the town, and, in 1854, at 
the age of thirty-one years, was elected treas- 
urer of Erie county, serving three years. Later 
he served several terms as clerk of the board 
of supervisors. In April, 1861, Mr. Warren 
began his career as an editor and publisher, by 
the purchase, in connection with Rufus Wheeler 
and Joseph Cander, of the Buffalo Commercial 
Advertiser, which had been founded in 181 1, as 
the Buffalo Gazette, After several changes of 
name and ownership it merged, in 1839, with 
the Buffalo Journal, and as the Commercial 
Advertiser has since had a prosperous career. 
The firm was first known as Rufus Wheeler 
& Company. In 1862 Mr. Cander withdrew, 
and James M. Matthews was admitted, the 
firm then taking the name of Wheeler, Mat- 
thews & Warren. April 29, 1865, Mr. Wheeler 
retired, and the firm style became Matthews & 
Warren, Mr. Matthews becoming chief editor. 
This arrangement continued until October 29, 
1877, when the firm dissolved, Mr. Matthews 
retiring. From that date until his death Mr. 
Warren was sole owner and editor-in-chief. 
Under his management the paper became the 
leading Republican newspaper of Western New 

York. He was an earnest steadfast Republican, 
belonging to what was then known as the stal- 
wart branch, and, as an editor, won a distinc- 
tive place as an exponent of stalwart Repub- 
lican principles. His conception of the duties 
of a journalist and of the proper sphere of a 
newspaper were very high, and he never sur- 
rendered them, but maintained his ideals with 
unfaltering constancy. In political life he be- 
came very prominent, and was the recognized 
leader of this party in Western New York, 
wielding wisely a very great influence. He 
was a member of the county and state central 
committees, and frequently a delegate to state 
and national party conventions. He was of 
great public spirit, and by personal effort 
and the influence of his paper, seconded all 
enterprises for the public good of Buffalo and 
Erie county. He maintained active control of the 
Commercial Advertiser until his death, in De- 
cember, 1886, when the ownership and control 
of the entire plant passed to his sons, Orsamus 
G. and William C, under the firm name of 
James D. Warren's Sons. The present corpora- 
tion name and style is James D. Warren's Sons 
Company; William C. Warren, president 
( 191 1 ) . In 1890 the word Advertiser was drop- 
ped from the title page, and the name Buffalo 
Commercial retained. The sons have ably 
demonstrated their executive and editorial abil- 
ity, and The Commercial retains its rank as the 
leading exponent of Republican principles in 
Western New York. 

Mr. Warren married (first) Laura Love, 
who bore him a son, Orsamus George, of whom 
further. He married (second) Mary Mills, 
who bore him three children: i. William C, 
born August 4, 1859; he was educated in 
Briggs Classical School, graduating 1877 ; grad- 
uated from Yale University in 1880. He im- 
mediately associated with his father in journal- 
ism, and still continues in editorial manage- 
ment of The Commercial. He is president of 
J. D. Warren's Sons Company ; director of Buf- 
falo General Electric Company, and a member 
of various societies and clubs of Buffalo. He 
married, April 2, 1891, Clara S. Davock, born 
October 16, 1871. Children: i. William C. 
(2), born January 29, 1892; ii. Charles L., 
September i, 1894; iii. John Davock, June 11, 
1904. Clara Davock is a daughter of John 
Davock, a veteran of the civil war, who mar- 
ried Charlotte Lockwood, and died July 4, 
1872. from accidental shooting. 2. Kate, mar- 



ried Isaac Brownley ; children : Isaac (2) , Mary 
and Adelaide. 3. Mary, married John H. 
Vought (see Vought). 

(VIII) Orsamus George, only son of James 
Dunlap and his first wife, Laura (Love) War- 
ren, was born in the town of Clarence, Erie 
county, New York, July 21, 1846. He was 
educated in the public schools of his native 
town and the high school of Buffalo. At the 
age of seventeen years his father allowed him 
to make the tour of Europe, which was the 
finishing feature of his education. On his 
return to Buffalo, in 1867, he entered the count- 
ingroom of the Commercial Advertiser, as a 
bookkeeper, the paper, at that time, being pub- 
lished by Matthews & Warren. From this 
date, 1867, his connection with the paper was 
continuous, and only terminated by his death, 
May 6, 1892. When James D. Warren became 
sole proprietor, Orsamus G. became business 
manager and practical associate. On the death 
of James D., December 17, 1886, the business 
was reorganized as James D. Warren's Scmis, 
by Orsamus G. and William C. Warren, the 
latter yet president of the company (1911). 
Orsamus G. Warren had a wonderful aptitude 
for business and newspaper management, and, 
from the date of his assuming the business 
management of The Commercial Adzfertiser, 
he was one of the busiest men in Buffalo. 
While he did not desire office he was ambitious 
to succeed his father as leader of the Repub- 
lican party in Western New York. The two 
men were the warmest of friends, and display- 
ed each for the other the deepest affection. 
When the father died the blow fell with crush- 
ing force upon the young man, who did not 
shrink, however, from assuming the respon- 
sibilities that devolved upon him as the eldest 
son. He was at once made a member of the 
Republican state committee and of the execu- 
tive committee. He was an earnest and un- 
tiring worker for party success, always sitting 
as a delegate in state and on two occasions in 
national conventions of the party. In Buffalo 
he was the recc^nized leader of the party, and, 
through his personal influence and through 
the columns of The Commercial, he wielded a 
great power. Not a man of his age had such 
vast political responsibility thrust upon him, 
and none administered a trust with greater 
concern for the public good and less for private 
aggrandizement. But he was always the alert 
man of business, and neither politics nor pleas- 
ure could divert him from the service of his 

paper. He was the first man in the state to 
take steps to improve the press service, and, 
for eight years, served as chairman of the 
executive committee of the State Associated 
Press, and, the last year of his life, was presi- 
dent. He labored earnestly to improve the 
service and accomplished many reforms and 
betterments. Notwithstanding the exactions 
of his paper and political engagements he found 
time to devote to Buffalo enterprises. He was 
vice-president of the Buffalo Natural Gas and 
Fuel Company ; director of the American Ex- 
change Bank; trustee of the Buffalo Savings 
Bank; vice-president of the Depew Improve- 
ment Company ; director of the Bellevue Land 
Company, and deeply interested in real estate 
improvement. He was a natural leader of men. 
and secured his high position in Buffalo through 
ability, industry, accurate judgment. His rela- 
tions with staff and employees were the most 
cordial, and the resolutions passed after his 
death showed how truly they appreciated his 
greatness and goodness. His personality was 
most attractive, he was devotedly attached to 
all forms of manly .sports, and was a liberal 
patron of the fine arts. 

He married, October, 1875, Elizabeth B. 
Griffin, born July 21, 1857, died November 18, 
1910. Children: i. Gertrude, married John 
Olmsted (see Warren-Olmsted). 2. James D., 
of whom further. 3. Helen, born February 
23, 1883; married Raymond Bissell (q. v.). 4. 
Elizabeth Griffin, born March 13, 1885. 

(IX) James Dunlap (2), only son of Or- 
samus G. and Elizabeth B. (Griffin) Warren, 
was born in Buffalo, December 25, 1879. He 
was educated in private schools until he reached 
the age of sixteen years, then entered the Hills 
School, Pottstown, Pennsylvania, continuing 
until 1900. After completing his school years 
he entered the employ of J. D. Warren's Son.-, 
continuing in different capacities until 1907, 
when the corporation of J. D. Warren's Sons 
Company was formed, with William C. War- 
ren, president, and James D. Warren (2), vice- 
president; William H. Ellis, secretary and 
treasurer. He is now occupying the vice- 
president's office, and in conduct of one of the 
leading publishing houses of the state. He is 
a Republican in politics, and a member of the 
Westminster Presbyterian Church. His clubs 
are the Saturn, Park and Automobile, all of 
Buffalo. He married, June 17, 1907, Mary 
Eleanor Bissell. Child: James Dunlap War- 
ren (3), born April 29, 1910. 



( VII ) Horatio Nelson Warren, 
WARREN ninth child of Orsamus (q. v.) 

and Nancy (Sheldon or Jos- 
lyn) Warren, was bom in the town of Clar- 
ence, Erie county, New York, October 26, 
1838. He was educated in the public school 
and at Clarence Academy. After finishing his 
school years he went to West Middlesex, Penn- 
sylvania, where he secured a position as clerk 
in a general store, operated by a coal and iron 
company, later being advanced to the position 
of head bookkeeper. After some years spent 
in this position the company sold the store to 
C W. Watson, and Mr. Warren, who operated 
it until 1862, under the firm name of C. W. 
Watson & Company; Mr. Warren receiving, 
as his share, one-third of the profits. The 
civil war was now in full progress, and Mr. 
Warren began recruiting a company of sol- 
diers, which, on August 22, 1862, was mustered 
in with ninety-six men, as Company A, One 
Hundred and Forty-second Regiment, Penn- 
sylvania Volunteer Infantry. He was chosen 
and commissioned captain of the company, and, 
with his regiment, was attached to the Army 
of the Potomac. He saw hard service, par- 
ticipating in every battle fought by that army, 
from Antietam to Appomattox. He was com- 
missioned major, February 2, 1864; lieutenant- 
colonel, September 17, 1864; colonel, June 3, 
'865 ; gaining these promotions by having been 
on the field of battle. During the life of the 
regiment it lost seven hundred and twenty- 
five men. Colonel Warren bringing his regi- 
ment home, numbering only three hundred and 
twenty-five men, who were mustered out May 
3, 1865. ^^ ^is own Company A, which went 
out with ninety-six men, but twenty-two re- 
turned. The command of his regiment de- 
volved upon Colonel Warren from the date of 
his promotion as major, February 2, 1864, 
until the close of the war. At the battle of 
Dabney's Mills he had a horse shot under him. 
At the battle of Five Forks he was wounded 
by a minie ball in the side and was taken to 
City Point Hospital, where he was visited by 
his brother, James D. Warren. At the battle 
of Spottsylvania he was shot in the leg. Dur- 
ing the Spanish- American war Colonel Warren 
made application for a commission, but was 
refused on account of years. 

After the close of the civil war Colonel War- 
ren returned to West Middlesex, where he was 
again ^ "gaged in mercantile life until 1876. He 

then spent three years in Philadelphia, and 
came to Buffalo in 1879. For the following nine 
years he engaged in commercial life, then, for 
seven years, was connected with the United 
States Pension Department. For two years he 
was engaged in the manufacture of slate man- 
tels, and then became general agent for the yEtna 
Life Insurance Company. He was employed 
in the Buffalo custom house for a year, and, 
for the past four years, has been connected 
with the Buffalo water department. He is a 
member of Chapin Post, Grand Army of the 
Republic, by whom he was tendered the nomi- 
nation for commander (which he declined), 
and the Union Veteran Legion. He is a Re- 
publican in politics, and a member of the Pres- 
byterian church. 

He married, September 9, 1861, Mary M. 
Everhart, who died May 12, 191 1, after a long 
illness, daughter of Abraham and Susan (Hay- 
wood) Everhart. Children: i. Helen, born 
June 9, 1865, died October, 1866. 2. Albert 
E., born November 29, 1869, died 1905 ; he was 
a physician and surgeon, located at Youngs- 
town, Ohio ; he was also surgeon for the Lake 
Shore Railroad Company, and had an exten- 
sive practice. 3. Henry D., doctor of dental 
surgery, located at Warren, Ohio, and carry- 
ing on a prosperous practice ; he married Ade- 
laide Howard. 

(VH) Seth William Warren, 
WARREN tenth child of Orsamus (q. v.) 

and Nancy ( Sheldon or Joslyn ) 
Warren, was born in Clarence, Erie county. 
New York, March 15, 1841. He was educated 
in the public school and at Clarence Academy, 
graduating from the latter. On leaving school 
he secured a position in the bank at Danville, 
New York, remaining there until he located in 
Buffalo. He was teller of the First National 
Bank of Buffalo until 1871 ; cashier of the Ger- 
man Bank of Buffalo until 1878 ; cashier of the 
White Bank until 1894, when the name was 
changed to the American Exchange Bank, which, 
in 1898, went into voluntary liquidation, by 
special act of the legislature. He then devoted 
two years to his private business concerns, and 
then bepan makmg a special business of the 
care of large estates, a line of activity he has 
been most successfully engaged in since 1894. 
He is a wise, conservative man of affairs, and 
closely safeguards the interests committed to 
his care. He is a member of Ancient Land- 



marks Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons; a 
member of the Presbyterian church, and a Re- 
publican in politics. 

He married, April 17, 1866, Henrietta, daugh- 
ter of Orsamus and Luanna (Sperry) Hins- 
dale, who were the parents of live children, 
two of whom died in infancy: i. Henrietta, 
married Seth W. Warren. 2. Sergeant Au- 
gustus M., married Martissa L. Kinley, Sep- 
tember 17, 1865, and has Louise and Fred- 
ericka. 3. Charles M., married Eva Vaughn ; 
children: i. Bessie, married, October 30, 1901, 
Vestor H. Morgan, and has three children: 
Charles Hinsdale, bom December 20, 1902; 
John Augustus, August 31, 1904; Elizabeth, 
May 29, 1906; ii. Henry Vaughn, married, July 
20, 1904, Luella Crockett, of Iowa City, Iowa, 
and has two children: Helen Louise, bom 
April 16, 1905 ; Edwin Crockett, May 26, 1909 ; 
iii. Charles, deceased. 

Children of Seth W. and Henrietta (Hins- 
dale) Warren: i. Emily, born August 22, 1868, 
died August 5, 1890. 2. Nancy, born Decem- 
ber 6, 1870; married, October 19, 1898, Ed- 
ward Carrington Bull, and has : Edward Car- 
rington (2), born August 20, 1899; Emily 
Warren, March 26, 1902 ; Julia Hinsdale, April 
20, 1905 ; Nancy, October 29, 1907. 

(VII) Julia (Warren) 
WARREN-SMITH Smith, eighth child of 

Orsamus and Nancy 
(Sheldon or Joslyn) Warren, was born May 
23, 1836; she married, April 29, 1856, Elisha 
T. Smith, born June 14, 1834, died April 9, 
1891, son of William Warner and Cynthia 
(Bailey) Smith, 

Mr. Smith was educated in the public schools, 
and began business life as messenger boy, in 
the Farmers* and Mechanics' Bank of Buffalo. 
He rose step by step in the banking business, 
to which he devoted the greater part of his 
active life. He was teller of the Marine Na- 
tional Bank of Buffalo, resigning that position 
to become cashier of the Third National Bank 
of Buffalo; in 1865 he was chosen cashier of 
the White Bank, continuing until 1888. In 
that year he severed his connection with the 
banking business, and, in association with his 
brother, founded the firm of A. B. Smith & 
Company, manufacturers of wood alcohol, with 
plant in Bradford, Pennsylvania, and continued 
active connection with the company until his 
death, in 1891. He was highly regarded in 
banking circles as an able, careful and thor- 

oughly reliable financier. He was a, member 
of the Church of the Ascension (Protestant 
Episcopal), of which he was vestryman for 
several years. At the outbreak of the civil war 
he responded to the call for three months' 
men, enlisting in the Seventy-fourth Regiment, 
New York Volunteers. Children of Elisha T. 
and Julia (Warren) Smith: i. Lizzie, bom 
Febmary 10, 1857, died August 27, 1865. 2. 
Sarah, bom September 8, 1859, died i860. 3. 
Julia, born May 26, 1867, died 1872. 4. Will- 
iam Warren, of whom further. 

(VIII) William Warren, only son and young- 
est child of Elisha T. and Julia (Warren) 
Smith, was born in Buffalo, New York, July 
II, 1872. He obtained his early education in 
private schools, then entered Yale University, 
whence he was graduated, class of 1893. After 
completing his studies he spent two years in 
manufacturing, then became associated with 
the A. B. Smith Chemical Company, manu- 
facturers of wood alcohol. In 1896 he was 
elected president of the company, a position 
he now fills (1911). He is an energetic man 
of affairs, capably administers the duties of 
his position, and conducts a successful corpora- 
tion. He is a Republican in politics, and a 
member of the Saturn and Country clubs of 

He married, October 4, 1898, Mary MeHssa 
Newhall, born June 22, 1873, daughter of Dan- 
iel E. and Anna S. (Hayden) Newhall, and 
granddaughter of Daniel and Melissa Newhall. 
Daniel E. and Anna S. Newhall had six chil- 
dren: Daniel; Mary Melissa; Edward; Mi- 
nerva; Hayden; Nathalie, married Jeffrey J. 
Letchworth. Children of William Warren and 
Mary M. (Newhall) Smith: Adrian Warren, 
born June 3, 1900; Hayden Newhall, June 22, 
1902; Margaret, February 5, 1904. 

(IX) Gertrude 
sted, eldest child 
of Orsamus G. and Elizabeth B. (Griffin) War- 
ren, was born in Buffalo, and married, De- 
cember 31, 1906, John Olmsted, youngest son 
of William D. Olmsted and his wife, Mary 
Olive Mathews, who were the parents of three 
children: i. George William, married Olive 
Fames; child: George Brewster Mathews. 2. 
Lucy O., married Rev. Henry Buck Master; 
children : William Olmsted Master, John Red- 
man Cox Master, Henry Buck Master. 3. 
John, of whom further. 



John Olmsted, son of William D. and Mary 
Olive (Mathews) Olmsted, was born in Buf- 
falo, New York, January 2, 1882. He was 
educated in private schools and at the Hotch- 
kiss Preparatory School. He then entered 
Yale College, from which he was graduated 
with the class of 1904. He came to Buffalo, 
after graduation, and was engaged iti different 
lines until 1906, when he was elected secre- 
tary of the Niagara Falls Milling Company, 
manufacturers of flour, etc. He is a member 
of the First Presbyterian Church, and is a Re- 
publican in politics. His club is the Saturn. 

Children of John and Gertrude (Warren) 
Olmsted: Elizabeth Warren, born December 
3, 1907; Mary Louise, May 27, 1910. 

There is a strong probability 
BISSELL that this is one of the Huguenot 

families that escaped to Eng- 
land after the massacre of St. Bartholomew's 
Day, 1572. The name is derived from the 
French, and the family is not one well known 
in England. There is but one coat-of-arms 
recorded in Burke, and that is of a religious 
rather than a warlike character : "Bissell: Gules 
on a bend argent ; three escallops, sables. Crest : 
Ademi eagle with wings displayed sable charged 
on the neck with an escallop shell or. Motto : 
fn Recto Decus (in rectitude honor). 

The family of John Bissell, of Windsor, 
Connecticut, is the only one known to have 
come to America. Tradition states that he 
came from Somerset county, England, to Plym- 
outh, Massachusetts, in 1628, with a brother 
Thomas. That the latter died at Plymouth or 
returned to England, that he married an In- 
dian girl, daughter of the Poquennos Sachem, 
and died without issue, is probably a mixed ver- 
sion of a similar tradition concerning Thomas, 
son of John. 

(I) John Bissell, founder of the Windsor, 
Connecticut, family of Bissells, settled there 
prior to 1640. In 1648-49 he received a grant, 
from the colonial court, of a monopoly of a 
ferry across the Connecticut river. In 1662 
he gave his homestead, with the ferry, to his 
son John (2), and removed, with his son Na- 
thaniel, to the east side of the Connecticut, 
below the mouth of the Scantic, being prob- 
ably the first family to actually reside on that 
side of the river. Thirteen years later (King 
Philip's war) the Bissells had neighbors, and 
their house was fortified and garrisoned. In 
1663 John, junior, asked to be released from 

his ferry contract, which was granted. Per- 
haps from that time the ferry was removed 
down to the mouth of the Scantic, but certain- 
ly, as early as 1667, Nathaniel was ferryman 
there, and the ferry was still known as "Bis- 
selFs Ferry." John Bissell (i) was deputy 
to the general court, 1642, and, in later years, 
a member of the Windsor troop of horse, 1657- 
58; captain of Windsor dragoons during King 
Philip's war, 1675 ; quartermaster of Hartford 
county troop of horse, 1677. His wife, whose 
name is not preserved, died May 21, 1641. 
John died October 3, 1677, ^g^^ eighty-six 
years. Children : Mary, married Jacob Drake ; 
John (2), Thomas, Samuel, all born in Eng- 
land; Nathaniel and Joyce, born in America. 

(II) Nathaniel, youngest son of John Bis- 
sell, and the first child bom to him in America, 
was'bom in Windsor, September 24, and bap- 
tized September 27, 1640, died March 12, 17 13. 
He became a member of the Windsor church, 
1673. He was ferryman at the mouth of the 
Scantic, under lease from the general court, 
1677, and served in the Windsor troop of 
dragoons, in King Philip's war. He married 
(first), September 25, 1662, Mindwell Moore, 
died November 24, 1682, daughter of Deacon 
John Moore, of Windsor. He married (sec- 
ond), July 4, 1683, Dorothy Fitch, died June 
28, 1691, daughter of Rev. James Fitch, born 
in Bocking, England, December 24, 1632, came 
to Norwich, Connecticut, 1648, died November 
18, 1702. Children of Nathaniel, by first wife : 
Mindwell, Nathaniel, Jonathan (died young), 
Hannah, Abigail (died young), Jonathan (2), 
Abigail (2), Elizabeth, David. Children by 
second wife : A son (died in infancy), Dorothy • 

(III) Lieutenant David, youngest child of 
Nathaniel and his first wife, Mindwell (Moore) 
Bissell, was bom in Windsor, Connecticut, No- 
vember 18, 1681, died October 20, 1733. He 
married, February 24, 1703, Ruth Warner, 
died March i, 1733, at the age of fifty-nine 
years. Children : Nathaniel, David, Hezekiah, 
Ruth, Noah and Noadiah. 

(IV) Noah, youngest son of Lieutenant 
David and Ruth (Wamer) Bissell, was bom 
June 26, 1716. "Landord Noah" died August 
22, 1776. He married, December 2, 1741, 
Silence Burt, of Springfield, died July 22, 1761, 
aged forty-one years. Children: Sibyl (died 
young), Silence, Noah (died young), Nathan, 
Sibyl. Noah, Roxy. 

(V) Noah (2), son of Noah (i) and Silence 
(Burt) Bissell, was bom November 7, 1753- 



He married, November 17, 1776, Eunice Ol- 
cott, of East Windsor, who died November 12, 
1798, aged forty-six years. Children: Noah 
(3), Amelia, Cynthia, Flavia, Ruth, Solomon, 
Emily (married Calvin Cowen, of Chester- 
field, Massachusetts, later of Jamestown, New 
York), Benoni Olcott. 

(VI) Noah (3), eldest son of Noah (2) and 
Eunice (Olcott) Bissell, was born September 
29, 1777; died in New York state, September 

26, 1842. He removed to Vermont, later to 
New London, Oneida county, New York. He 
married and had sons, Amos A. and John. 

(VH) John, son of Noah (3) Bissell, was 
born in Pompey, Onondaga county. New York, 
January 22, 1808. He died in Buffalo, August 

27, 1889. When a boy, his father removed to 
Oneida county, where he was educated and 
lived until 1844. He worked with his father 
until attaining his majority, then became inter- 
ested in canal boat building and contracting. 
He built a section of the Black River canal, 
and a portion of what is now the New York 
Central railroad, near Rome. He came to 
Buffalo in 1852, which was ever afterward his 
hc«ne. He organized the Bissell Transporta- 
tion Company, and ran a line of boats between 
Buffalo and Albany. He was very successful 
in this business, which was the first individual 
line operated on the canal. In 1845-46-47 he 
spent much of his time away from Buffalo, 
but, in 1848, made it his permanent home, and, 
for many years, was a familiar figure around 
the canal docks. In 1875 he met with severe 
financial reverses, and withdrew from active 
business life. Shortly afterward he was ap- 
pointed canal inspector for the port of Buf- 
falo, holding the office two years. This was 
his last business engagement. He lived to be 
eighty-one years old, and was a well-known 
and highly respected citizen. In politics he 
was a Democrat. 

He married, in 1834, Isabella Jeanette Hally, 
of Oneida county. New York. In 1884 they 
celebrated the golden anniversary of their wed- 
ding, and, in 1885, Mrs. Bissell died. Children: 
I. Mary Eleanor, married Dexter P. Rumsey; 
she died in 1886. 2. Arthur Douglas, of whom 
further. 3. Wilson S., born in New London, 
Oneida county. New York, December 31, 1847. 
died in Buffalo. He prepared for college at 
Hopkins Grammar School, New Haven, Con- 
necticut, entered Yale University, in 1865, was 
graduated in 1869, and at once began the study 
of law in Buffalo, with Laning, Cleveland & 

Folsom. He was admitted to the bar in 1871, 
and at once began practice. His first law part- 
ner was Lyman K. Bass, and later he became 
the junior partner of Bass, Cleveland & Bis- 
sell. After Mr. Cleveland's election as mayor 
of Buffalo and the retirement of Mr. Bass, the 
firm became Cleveland, Bissell & Sicard. After 
Mr. Cleveland's election as governor he with- 
drew from the firm, and Mr. Bissell became 
senior of the great law firm of Bissell, Sicard, 
Goodyear & Carey. President Cleveland had a 
great admiration for his young partner, and, 
during his first term, offered him several flat- 
tering positions, but nothing could tempt him 
from the law. During President Cleveland's 
second administration he again offered him 
high position in his cabinet, which Mr. Bissell 
accepted. He became postmaster-general, hold- 
ing office for two years, 1893-95, and then re- 
signed for purely personal reasons, returning 
to the law and continuing until his death. He 
was learned in the law, a wise counselor, and 
in command of a large and profitable business. 
In 1888 he was presidential elector on the Dem- 
ocratic ticket, and was always a strong sup- 
porter of his party. He was a member of the 
Buffalo Historical Society, and of various clubs 
and organizations of his city and state. He 
married, February 6, 1890, Louise Sturgess, of 
Geneva, New York. 

(VIII) Arthur Douglas, son of John and 
Isabella Jeanette (Hally) Bissell, was bom 
January 10, 1844. He was educated in the 
public schools, Clinton Preparatory School, 
and Yale University, graduating from the 4at- 
ter with the class of 1867. After completing 
his school years he returned to Buffalo and 
associated in business with his father, con- 
tinuing until 1884. He was appointed, in 1885. 
by President Cleveland, collector of customs 
for the district of Buffalo, and served in that 
office four years. In 1889 the People's Bank 
was organized, and Mr. Bissell was elected 
vice-president, continuing as such until 1903, 
when he was elected president, a position he 
now holds (1911). He has other varied busi- 
ness interests, including directorships in lead- 
ing companies. He is a trustee of the Ceme- 
tery Association and the Library Association 
of Buffalo, and is a member of the Ellicott and 
University clubs of Buffalo. He is politically 
a Democrat, and in religious faith a Presby- 
terian. He married, June 16, 1874, Fanny, 
daughter of Dan B. and Fanny A. (Durkee) 
Castle. Children : i. Thomas Hally, bom March 


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ass..oiated \n ^usinv>s will; his fatnt:. 
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by Pre-idciit ( \*\y'' nd, coll< ctor of *^' 
for the district ^^i l.i-tl'alo, and served m 
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1875; attended Buffalo public schools, was 
student one year in Lehigh University, Bethle- 
hem, 'Pennsylvania, and from there went to 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, dying 
from an attack of typhoid fever in the middle 
of his senior year, December 20, 1907 ; he was 
a young man of great promise, and his death 
was seriously felt by his family and friends. 
2. Mary Eleanor, married James D. Warren 
( see Warren ) . 3. Howard, of whom further. 
4. Raymond, of whom further. 5. Arthur 
Douglas; was prepared for college in Buffalo 
public schools, and graduated from Yale in 
class of 1906 ; has since been in office of Rogers, 
Brown & Company, manufacturers and dealers 
in pig iron and other products. 6. Jeanette, 
married Bradley Goodyear. 7. Lloyd. 

(IX) Howard, third child and second son 
of Arthur Douglas and Fanny (Castle) Bis- 
sell. was bom in Buffalo, New York, Septem- 
ber 30, 1878. He was educated in public school. 
No. 16, and the high school of Buffalo, then 
entered Yale University, being graduated from 
the latter with the class of 1900. After leav- 
ing college he entered the employ of the People's 
Bank of Buffalo, continuing until 1903. He 
was with the Pittsburgh Steel Company for a 
year, then returned to the bank, and, in 1905, 
was appointed assistant cashier, a position he 
now holds. He is a member of the Buffalo 
Chamber of Commerce, and politically is a 
Democrat. His club is the Park, of Buffalo. He 
married, October 5, 1910, Dorothy Carroll Tre- 
go, daughter of Katherine (Carroll) Trego, of 
Hackensack, New Jersey. 

(IX) Raymond, fourth child and third son 
of Arthur Douglas and Fanny (Castle) Bis- 
sell, was born in Buffalo, New York, October 
26, 1880. He was educated in the Buffalo 
public schools (Central High) and Yale Uni- 
versity, where he was graduated, class of 1902. 
.^fter leaving college he entered the employ of 
the Niagara Radiator Company, remaining until 
1904. He was, for a time, with the Consoli- 
dated Telephone Company, in a clerical posi- 
tion, and, in June, 1905, was elected treasurer 
of the Frontier Telephone Company. In De- 
cember, 1908, the Frontier consolidated with 
the Western New York district, and Mr. Bis- 
sell was made assistant treasurer. After the 
consolidation, under the name Federal Tele- 
phone Company, he was elected assistant treas- 
urer, a position he now fills (1911). He is 
a member of the Westminster Presbvterian 

Church, and in politics he is a Democrat. His 
clubs are the Park and Ellicott, of Buffalo. 

He married, October 17, 1906, Helen, daugh- 
ter of Orsamus and Elizabeth B. (Griffin) 
Warren, of Buffalo (see Warren). Child: 
Elizabeth Warren, born November 26, 1908. 

/The Vought family trace in 
VOUGHT America to the year 1710, and 

to Simon Vought, born in Ger- 
many, in 1680. He married, in his native land, 
before 1710, Christina , born 1684. To- 
gether they came to America, in 17 10. 

(II) John Christopher, son of Simon and 
Christina Vought, was born February 24, 1714. 
He married Cornelia Putnam. 

(III) John, son of John Christopher and 
Cornelia (Putnam) Vought, was born August 
6, 1750, died September 7, 1803. He married, 
November 22, 1772, Mary Grandin, born March 
10, 1750. They had ten children. 

(IV) Abraham, son of John and Mary 
(Grandin) Vought, was born December 19, 
1795, died January 25, 1873. He married. 
May 9, 1820, Ruth Voorhees, born September 
24, 1798, died April 8, 189 1. They had four 

(V) John Henry, son of Abraham and Ruth 
(Voorhees) V^ought, was bom February 13, 
1825, died November 4, 1882. He married, 
June 9, 1858, Anne Webster. Children, all 
bom in Buffalo: i. William Grandin, May 14, 
i860; graduate of Yale University, 1882; mar- 
ried, June 29, 1888, Natalie Sternberg; chil- 
dren: Grandin Stemberg, born June 20, 1889; 
John Henry, July 3, 1892; Schuyler, March 6, 
1894. 2. Walter Joy, January 8, 1862; grad- 
uated from Yale University, 1893. 3- Anne 
Webster, November 7, 1863; married, Septem- 
ber 14, 1895, Edward Webster Dann; chil- 
dren: Dorothy, born August 27, 1896; Ru- 
dolph, November 5, 1897. 4. Mary Verplanck, 
born November 8, 1866 ; married, June 4, 1890, 
William Lansing; children: Ruth Voorhees, 
born January 17, 1896, now deceased; Helen 
Webster, born August 3, 1898. 5. John Henry, 
of whom further. 

(VI) John Henry (2), son of John Henry 
(i) and Anne (Webster) Vought, was born 
in Buffalo, New York, April 29, 1870. He 
prepared for college at the Briggs School, in 
Buffalo, and entered Sheffield Scientific School. 
Yale University, whence he was graduated, 
class of 1892, with degree of Ph. B. He at 



once took a position with the Lehigh Railroad 
Company, in the mechanical department, and 
later transferred to the Auburn division of 
the same road, as road foreman of engineers, 
and later promoted to general foreman at the 
Wilkes-Barre shops. Next he was promoted 
to be master mechanic, with headquarters at 
Hazleton, Pennsylvania; then assistant super- 
intendent of motive power, with headquarters 
at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. This was the termi- 
nation of his railroad career. In 1905 he came 
to Buffalo to take the position of general man- 
ager of the Buffalo Coated Paper Company. 
In 1907 he became president of the Cyclone 
Grate Bar Company, which position he now 
fills (191 1 ). He is a member of the Epis- 
copal church, and an Independent in politics. 
His club is the Saturn, of Buffalo. 

He married, October 8, 1895, Mary Warren, 
daughter of James D. and his second wife, 
Mary (Mills) Warren (see Warren VII). Chil- 
dren: Katherine Warren, born January i, 1897, 
at Auburn; New York; Anne Webster, Janu- 
ary 5, 1902, at Hazleton, Pennsylvania. 

The name of Prescott is of 
PRESCOTT Saxon origin and is com- 
posed by the combination of 
two Saxon words, priest and cottage, and sig- 
nifies priest-cottage, or priest's house. It is a 
name long known in England. Orders of 
knighthood were conferred upon some branches 
of the family who were among the nobility of 
England. A coat of mail and armor, such as 
worn by ancient knights, was brought to this 
country by the emigrant, John Prescott, hence 
it is inferred that some of his ancestors had 
been warriors, and probably had received the 
order of knighthood. There is also preserved 
by his descendants a family coat-of-arms which 
was conferred upon a remote ancestor and 
worn by the Prescotts of Theobold's Park, 
Hertfordshire, Baronets, and by the ancient 
families of Lancashire and Yorkshire: Sable, 
a chevron between three owls argent (two in 
chief, one in base) . Crest : A cubit arm coup- 
ed erect vested, gules cuff, ermine holding in 
hand a pitchpot (or hand beacon), sable, fired 

The Prescotts of America have traced their 
descent to the times of Queen Elizabeth, and 
to James Prescott, of Standish, in Lancashire, 
one of the gentlemen of that shire who were 
required by an order of Queen Elizabeth, dated 
August, 1564, to keep in readiness horsemen 

and armor. He married a daughter of Roger 
Standish. Their son James, for bravery and 
military prowess, was created lord of the 
manor of Dryby, in Lincolnshire, had new 
arms granted him, and was afterward known 
as Sir James Prescott. He married Alice Mol- 
ineaux, and left an only son John, who mar- 
ried and had a son James, the ancestor of the 
New Hampshire Prescotts. James Prescott*s 
second son Roger (brother of Sir James) had 
by his second wife, Ellen Shaw, a son Ralph, 

baptized 1571-72. He married Ellen . 

Their fifth child, John Prescott, is the Amer- 
ican ancestor of the Prescotts herein recorded. 
(I) John, son of Ralph Prescott, was bap- 
tized at Standish, in Lancashire, England, 1604- 
05. He is named in his father's will. He mar- 
ried, January 21, 1629, Mary Platts, at Wygan 
in Lancashire. He later sold his lands in 
Standish, and resided for some time in Sbwer- 
by, parish of Halifax, Yorkshire. He left his 
native land to avoid persecution and from mo- 
tives of conscience, seeking an asylum in 
America. He first landed at the island of Bar- 
badoes, in 1638, where he was a landowner. 
In 1640 he came to New England, settling at 
Watertown, Massachusetts, 'where he had large 
grants of land. In 1643 he associated himself 
with Thomas King and others for the purpose 
of purchasing of Sholan, the Indian sachem of 
the Nashaway tribe, a tract of land which was 
to be ten* miles in length and eight in breadth. 
He is spoken of in reference to this transac- 
tion as "J^h'^ Prescott, the stalwart black- 
smith." He later settled on this tract, first 
called Nashaway, later Lancaster. He became a 
leading spirit among the early settlers, his great 
energy and strict integrity giving him com- 
manding influence. He took the oath of fidel- 
ity in 1652, and was admitted a freeman in 
1669. He was a farmer, also millwright and 
blacksmith. He built a corn mill and began 
grinding May, 1654, following this by the erec- 
tion of a sawmill. Lancaster suffered greatly 
from Indian depredations, and for three years 
was uninhabited. In 1679 some of the first 
settlers returned, among them the Prescotts. 
Mr. Prescott lived to see the town rebuilt and 
prosperous. He was a man of strong athletic 
build, and severe, stern countenance. When- 
ever he had any difficulty with the Indians he 
would clothe himself in his coat of mail 
(brought from England), with helmet, cuirass 
gorget, which gave him a fierce and frightful 
appearance. Many stories are told of Mr. 



Prescott and his coat of armor, which seems 
to have stood him in good stead in several 
instances. • He died in 1683. Children, first 
four bom in Sowerby, England: i. Mary, mar- 
ried Thomas Sawyer, of Lancaster, Massachu- 
setts. 2. Martha, married John Rugg. 3. John 

(2), married Sarah . 4. Sarah, married 

Richard Wheeler. 5. Hannah, married, as sec- 
ond wife, John Rugg, whose first wife was her 
sister Martha. 6. Lydia, married Jonas Fair- 
banks, who was killed by the Indians when 
Lancaster was destroyed, 1676; she married 
(second) Elias Barron. 7. Jonathan, settled 
-in Concord, which town he represented in the 
general assembly nine years; he was captain 
of militia, and in 1676 his house was fortified 
as a garrison house. He married (first) Dor- 
othy , (second) Elizabeth Hoar, (third) 

Mrs. Rebecca (Wheeler) Bulkley. 8. Joseph. 
9. Jonas, of further mention. 

(H) Jonas, ninth child of John Prescott, 
the emigrant, and Mary (Platts) Prescott, was 
born at Lancaster, Massachusetts, June, 1646, 
died December 31, 1723. He was a black- 
smith by trade and had a wide reputation. The 
town of Groton being in need of a smith, in- 
vited Jonas Prescott to remove to near the 
centre of the town to a lot of land which the 
town voted as an inducement. He accepted, 
and built a house and shop on the land and 
removed there in 1675. He also had a corn 
and saw mill, and became one of the largest 
land holders of the town. He lived on his 
farm near Lawrence Academy, where, on a 
large stone in the wall enclosing the farm of 
Stuart J. Park, is this inscription : 

J. P. 

rebuilt by 

O. P. . 

rebuilt by 

S: J. Park 

The initials "J* P-" ^^^ f^r Jonas Prescott, 
who lived upon the farm, and was grandfather 
of Colonel William Prescott, the hero of 
Bunker Hill : "O. P." are those of Oliver Pres- 
cott, a brother of Colonel Prescott. Jonas 
Prescott married, December 14, 1672, Mary, 
bom September 28, 1653, died October 28, 
1735, daughter jji John and May (Draper) 
Loker. Her parents wanted her to marry a 
lawyer, and violently opposed her marrying 
Prescott They resorted to harsh and extreme 

10— w 

measures, but "love found a way," and they 
were married. They had a large family. Mary 
lived to be eighty-two years of age, and at that 
time had one hundred and seventy-five 
descendants. Children: i. Mary, married 
Benjamin Farnsworth. 2. Elizabeth, married 
Eleazer Green. 3. Jonas (2), of further men- 
tion. 4. Nathaniel, died young. 5. Dorothy, 
married John Varnum. 6. James, died young, 
7. Sarah, married John Longley. 8. Abigail, 
married James Prescott. 9. Martha, married 
Shuabel Hobert. 10. Susannah, married 
Colonel William Lawrence. 11. Deborah, 
married Samuel Parker, brother of James. 12. 
Benjamin, married Abigail Oliver; an eminent 
public deputy, justice of the peace, lieutenant- 
colonel of militia, justice of the superior court, 
and appointed to represent the colony at the 
court of Great Britain, but declined. He left 
three distinguished sons : Hon. James, Colonel 
William (of Bunker Hill fame), and Dr. 
Oliver, of Groton. 

(HI) Jonas (2), son of Jonas (i) Prescott, 
was born in Groton, Massachusetts, October 
26, 1678, died September 12, 1750. He lived 
at Forge Valley, which since 1730 has been 
included in the town of Westford. He en- 
larged and improved the forge and iron works 
erected by his father, adding additional forges 
for making iron, as well as for other purposes. 
The water privilege and works on Stony Brook 
at Forge Village have ever since their purchase 
of Andrew, the Indian, been owned, held and 
occupied by the Prescott family. JOnas (2) 
was captain of militia, justice of the peace (as 
his father had been), and deputy to the general 
court in 1720. He married (first), October 15, 
1699, Thankful Wheeler, of Concord, died No- 
vember I, 1716; (second), April 30, 1718, 
Mary Page, bom 1687, died July 19, 1781, 
aged ninety-four years. Children: i. Ebene- 
zer, of further mention. 2. Jonas (3), mar- 
ried (first) Elizabeth Spalding; (second) Eliz- 
abeth Howard; (third) Mrs. Rebecca (Jones) 
Barrett ; was a farmer and justice of the peace. 
3. Thankful, married Timothy Spalding. 4. 
Mary, married Joseph Stone. 5. Sarah, mar-? 
ried Deacon Samuel Minot. 6. Dorcas, mar- 
ried (second wife). Deacon Samuel Minot. 

(IV) Ebenezer, eldest son of Jonas (2) 
Prescott, was born in Groton, Massachusetts, 
July 19, 1700, died December i, 1771. In 1730 
he and his brother Jonas (3) and others peti- 
tioned the general court to be set oflF from 
Groton to Westford, which petition was 



granted that year. He married, May 24, 1721, 
Hannah Famsworth. Children: Ebenezer (2), 
married Elizabeth Sprague ; Oliver, of further 
mention; Sarah, married John Edwards; 
Joseph, twin of Sarah ; David, married Abigail 
Wright; Hannah; Rebecca, married (first) 

James Hildreth, (second) Wright; 

Eunice, married Warren. 

(V) Oliver, son of Ebenezer and Hannah 
(Farnsworth) Prescott,.was born May 5, 1725, 
died January i, 1803. He was a farmer of 
Westford, Massachusetts, where he was for 
many years deacon of the church. He mar- 
ried, June 8. 1749, Bethia Underwood, born 
September 2T, 1729, died at Haward, Massa- 
chusetts, October i, 1813. Children: i. Sus- 
anna, married Nathaniel Adams. 2. Hannah, 
married Richard Wait. 3. Colonel Benjamin, 
of further mention. 4. Betsey, died unmarried. 
5. Bethia. unmarried. 6. Oliver, settled first in 
JaflFrey, New Hampshire, then in Whitetown, 
Oneida county. New York; married Keziah 
Howard. 7. Polly, died in childhood. 8. 
Phebe, died unmarried. 9. Lucy, unmarried. 
10. Mary, married (first) Eliakim Hutchins; 
(second) Hezekiah Sprague. 11. Abraham, 
deacon, captain of militia, selectman, town 
clerk, overseer of the poor, representative to 
the general court several terms ; could read 
and discuss topics of the times when in his 
ninety-fifth year; died aged ninety-seven. 12. 
Isaac, married Lucy Hinckley. 

(VI) Colonel Benjamin Prescott, son of 
Oliver Prescott, was born March 15, 1754, 
died 1839. He settled in JaflFrey, New Hamp- 
shire, in 1774, when it was yet a wilderness; 
was a farmer and inn keeper. He acted as a 
spy for the American general, and the day 
previous to the battle of Bunker Hill was cap- 
tured by the British, but made his escape the 
next day. He was an active, energetic, influ- 
ential man, highly esteemed for his integrity, 
uprightness and sound judgment. He repre- 
sented the town of JaflFrey in the New Hamp- 
shire legislature for eleven years, was justice 
of the peace, and was much employed in public 
business, being a prominent and leading man 
in the town. He was an inn keeper for forty 
years. He was a deacon of the Baptist church, 
of which he was one of the active founders, 
from its organization to his death. He died at 
the age of eighty-five years, "a shock of com 
fully ripe for its season." He married, De- 
cember 5. 1775, Rachel Adams, of Chelms- 
ford, born August 19, 1757. Children, all born 

in JaflFrey, New Hampshire: i. Benjamin (2), 
died young. 2. Benjamin (3), a farmer and 
machinist of JaflFrey; married widow Sally 
Hodge. 3. Oliver, of further mention. 4. 
Rachel, married James Clay, a farmer of 
Rindge, New Hampshire. 5. Eldad, married 
Clarissa Hunt. 6. Nabby, died aged eleven 
years. 7. John Adams, a farmer and manufac- 
turer of JaflFrey, justice of the peace, and rep- 
resented JaflFrey in the legislature, 1858-59; 
married Martha Ryan. 8. Susannah, died 
aged three ytars. 9. Bethiah. died aged seven 

(VII) Colonel Oliver Prescott, son of Colo- 
nel Benjamin Prescott, was born in JaflFrey, 
New Hampshire, February 9, 1781, died No- 
vember 25, 1850. He was a farmer and inn 
holder in JaflFrey, colonel of the New Hamp- 
shire militia, justice of the peace, and held 
other town oflSces. He represented JaflFrey in 
the New Hampshire legislature, 1822-1826 in- 
clusive. He followed in his father's footsteps 
in regard to public service and influential posi- 
tion. He married (first). May 23, 181 1, Mary, 
born at Putney, Vermont, March 12, 1782, 
died March 31, 1839, daughter of James and 
Betsey W. Clay, of Putney ; (second), January 
7, 1841, Mrs. Phebe (CdBfin) Brown, born 
April 14, 1795, died August 11, 1844; (third). 
March 2,T, 1845, Mary (Bonner) Stratton, 
born June 23, 1789. The two last wives were 
residents of Winchester, New Hampshire. 
Children of first wife: i. Oren, died aged 
three years. 2. Daniel C, of further mention. 
3. Elizabeth, died in infancy. 4. Elizabeth (2), 
born June 20, 1819; married, May 6. 1841. 
Colonel Rufus, son of Benjamin and Polly 
Haywood. (See Haywood). She survives 
her husband, a resident of Fredonia, New 

(VIII) Daniel C, only son of Oliver Pres- 
cott and his first wife, Mary Clay, was born 
July II, 181 5, at JaflFrey, New Hampshire, died 
in Fitzwilliam, same state, 1864. He was a 
farmer of JaflFrey, and late in life removed to 
Fitzwilliam, in March, 1866. 

He married, September 12, 1841, Abigail, 
born July 2, 18 14, at Fitzwilliam, died there, 
1882, daughter of Benjamin Davidson. Chil- 
dren: I. Oren D.. born April 29, 1843; ^^' 
listed, September 23, 1862, as private in Com- 
pany G, Fourteenth Regiment New Hamp- 
shire Volunteers ; promoted corporal and ser- 
geant; was ordered to Department of Gulf of 
Mexico, where he contracted the diseases of 



that climate which kept him in the hospital; 
he married Ella Boynton ; no issue. 2. George 
O., bom February 24, 1845; married Electa 
Lennox; has child, Grace. 3. Mary A., born 
September 21, 1847; married John Poole, of 
Jaffrey, and has Aime, and Oliver, who mar- 
ried Mary Goet, and has Susan Prescott. 4. 
Susan L., born July 25, 1850; married Charles 
Robbins, of Jaffrey; child, Edward Prescott. 
5. Martha Jane, born September 13, 1852; now 
a resident of Fredonia, New York, with her 
aunt, Mrs. Colonel Rufus Haywood. Miss 
Prescott is prominent in society, and regent of 
Benjamin Prescott Chapter, Daughters of the 
American Revolution. 6. Marshal Davison, 
ilied young. 7. Frederick Henry, died young. 

The grandfather of Colonel 
HAYWOOD Rufus Haywood was Benja- 
min Haywood, a descendant 
of the Haywood family of Eastern Massachu- 
setts. He was a blacksmith by trade, and a 
resident of New Hampshire. He served in the 
revolutionary army, and in one of the battles 
of that great struggle was severely wounded 
in the breast by a musket ball. After the close 
of the war he returned to his New Hampshire 
home, where he Hved a respected citizen until 
his death. He married and had a son Benja- 
min, born 1786, died February, 1853. He in- 
herited industry and business ability, and suc- 
cessfully improved his business opportunities. 
He followed agriculture all his days, and 
ranked as one of the foremost and most sub- 
stantial farmers of his state. He married 
Polly Sawyer, a native of New Hampshire, 
and a member of the well-known and influen- 
tial family of that name in New Hampshire. 
She died in 1842, aged forty-six years. Chil- 
dren: Adeline, Rufus, Albert, Abbie and 

Colonel Rufus Haywood, eldest son of Ben- 
jamin and Polly (Sawyer) Haywood, was 
born in Jaffrey, Cheshire county, New Hamp- 
shire, February 6, 1820, died in Fredonia, New 
York, May 20, 1891. He grew to manhood on 
the homestead farm, and was educated in Jaf- 
frey Academy. After finishing his studies he 
taught in the district schools for five years. 
He then settled in Winchendon, Massachu- 
setts, where for a year he conducted a meat 
market and ran a livery. He then returned to 
Jaffrey, where he purchased land, built a home 
and store building, and engaged in merchandis- 
ing and operating his farm. After three years' 

successful business he sold and removed to 
Cambridge, Massachusetts, where in partner- 
ship with H. O. Houghton he engaged for one 
year in publishing law books. Closing out this 
interest, he went west, where he remained sev- 
eral years. While in Illinois he conducted a 
hotel for one year at Belvidere. Later he was 
teller of the bank there for two years. While 
west he speculated in corn, with the result of a 
loss of several thousand dollars of his capital. 
Leaving Belvidere, he purchased a farm near 
Chicago and began raising, buying and ship- 
ping cattle. While here he became convinced 
of the future greatness of Chicago as a com- 
mercial centre, and invested largely in real 
estate in that city, which subsequently netted 
him handsome profits. In 1855 he settled in 
Brocton, Chautauqua county. New York, 
where for several years he engaged in the 
stock business. In 1861 he formed a partner- 
ship with his brother Albert and a Mr. Hub- 
bell. They purchased several thousand horses 
and mules that later were disposed of to the 
United States Government. In 1863 he retired 
from the firm and accepted an appointment as 
paymaster in the Union army, ranking as 
major. He was stationed at Washington, 
D. C, and about the close of the war at 
Rochester, New York, where he was in charge 
of settling the accounts of New York regi- 
ments of that section as they returned from the 
field. He rendered efficient service, and was 
brevetted colonel by President Johnson, for 
"meritorious service." He was honorably dis- 
charged December 31, 1865. 

He returned to Chautauqua county, locating 
at Fredonia, which was his home until death. 
From 1866 to 1876 he was largely engaged in 
mail contracts in a dozen different states, but 
held intimate relations with other important 
business enterprises. In 1866 he was one of 
the principal organizers of the Fredonia Sav- 
ings Bank, of which he was president. In 1877 
he embarked in the oil business at Oil City, 
Pennsylvania, where he did a large and profit- 
able brokerage business. In this business his 
clear judgment and keen insight into every 
possible combination brought him through suc- 
cessfully where old and experienced operators 
went down in disaster. While his star was 
still in the ascendant and before age could im- 
pair his mental powers, he left the hazardous 
field of oil exploitation and confined his latter 
investments to the safer field of real estate. 
He was always interested in all that pertained 



to agriculture, and was a warm friend of the 
cause of education. He was a prominent 
member of the Masonic order, belonging to 
lodge, chapter, and commandery of Knights 
Templar. Colonel Haywood was big-hearted, 
hospitable and generous. At his beautiful 
home he extended to all his friends a warm- 
hearted hospitality that was most cordial and 
unaffected. He was a man of rare intelligence, 
honest, genial and strength ful. His strength 
of character and sound business judgment car- 
ried him successfully through the business bat- 
tles of life, kept him true to every trust re- 
posed in him, and the epitaph "a good citizen'* 
may be rightfully and justly written of him. 
He married, May 6, 1841, Elizabeth Pres- 
cott, who was born in Jaffrey, within half a 
mile of his boyhood home in New Hampshire. 
(See Prescott). Children: three sons; two 
died in infancy, and Edward A., born January 
26, 1 86 1, died February 10, 1881. 

The Winshii>s, under a most 
WIN SHIP remarkable variety of spellings, 

were early in New England, 
being first recorded in 1635 at Cambridge. 
Later the family settled at Lexington where 
they were among the most numerous and re- 
spectable families. Edward Winship settled 
in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he was 
made freeman in 1635. Was selectman of 
Cjimbridge fourteen years, between 1637 and 
1684. He was representative, 1663-64-81 to 
1686. In 1638 he was a member of the Ancient 
and Honorable Artillery Company and also 
held a commission in the militia, holding the 
rank of lieutenant. He was also an active and 
honored member of the church. Lieutenant 
Winship was a large landowner, not only at 
Cambridge but at "The Farms'* and at Lex- 
ington. He died December 2, 1688, aged 
seventy-five years. His wife, Elizabeth, died 
September 19, 1690, aged fifty-seven. Eleven 
children survived: Sarah, Mary, died young; 
Ephraim, Mary (2), Joanna, Edward, died 
young; Elizabeth, Edward (2), of further 
mention; Abigail, married William Russell; 
Samuel, Joseph, Margery, married John 
Dixon ; Mehitabel. 

(II) Edward (2), son of Edward (i) and 
Elizabeth Winship, of Cambridge, was born 
March 3, 1654, died in Cambridge, June 10, 
1718. He was selectman of Cambridge, 1691- 
93-95 2i^d 1 70 1. By an instrument signed 
by his heirs it appears that he had seven chil- 

dren. He married. May 14, 1683, Rebecca 
Barsham^ Children: Edward (3), of further 
mention; Elizabeth, borit June i, 1686; mar- 
ried Walter Russell; Ephraim, February 4, 
1688; married Hannah Cutler; Nathaniel, 
married Rebecca Pierce ; William ; John, mar- 
ried Elizabeth Wyeth; Jason, bom 1699. 

(III) Edward (3), son of Edward (2) 
and Rebecca (Barsham) Winship, was bom 
in Cambridge^ Massachusetts, January 9, 1684, 
died May 15, 1763. He was tythingman in 
Lexington in 1714; fence viewer, 1716; con- 
stable, 171 7. He owned the covenant in Lex- 
ington, September i, 1706, which is probably 
the date of his removal to that town. He was 
a wheelwright. He married, about 1705, Sarah 
Manning. Children: Edward, of further 
mention ; Rebecca, bom August 22, 1709, mar- 
ried John Manning; Sarah, born June 28, 
1712; Jonathan, died young; Mary, born Jiine 
25, 1716; Jonathan, bom May 28, 1719, mar- 
ried Elizabeth Cutler; Isaac, born June 8, 

(IV) Edward (4), son of Edward (3) and 
Sarah (Manning) Winship, was bom August 
25, 1706, died December 7, 1773. H^ was a 
wheelwright, and resided at Lexington, Massa- 
chusetts. He married Rsther , who 

died October 10, 1785, aged eighty-five years. 
Children: Thomas, born October 25, 1729: 
married Sarah Harrington ; Benjamin, of fur- 
ther mention; Edward (5), born January 18, 
1733; married Hepzibah Laughton; Joel, No- 
vember 13, 1734; married Elizabeth Grant; 
Amos, died young; Mary, baptized 1738; 
Esther, born January 21, 1739, died April 26, 
1789, unmarried; Evebell, February 2, 1743; 
Joshua, January 27, 1748. 

(V) Benjamin, son of Edward (4) and 
Esther Winship, was bom in Lexington, 
Massachusetts, April 12, 1731. He married 

Abigail . Children: Benjamin (2), of 

furtiher mention ; Abel, baptized September 12,. 
1756; married Abigail Muzzry. 

(VI) Benjamin (2), son of Benjamin (i) 
and Abigail Winship, was baptized at Menot- 
omy, Massachusetts, March 30, 1755, died in 
Cattaraugus county, New York. He lived 
in Lexington and Salem, Massachusetts. He 
married, April 4, 1788, Mary, daughter of 
John Adams. Children: Joseph, Isaac, Han- 
nah, Mary, Emma, Benjamin, and Eunice, 
married a Bardien, of S3rracuse, New York; 
has C. W., son. Joseph and Isaac went to the 
state of Georgia where they became very rich. 




During the dvil war their fortunes were swept 
away but with the restoration of peace they 
retrieved their fallen fortunes and died very 

(VII) Benjamin (3), youngest son of Ben- 
jamin (2) and Mary (Adams) Winship, was 
born, 1796, died in Little Valley, Cattaraugus 
county, New York, December 10, 185 1. He 
served in the war of 181 2 and received a land 
warrant from the government for his services. 
After his death an additional grant of land 
was made to his widow. In 1817-18 he located 
on a farm at Little Valley Center, now Elk- 
dale post office. He made the journey from 
New England with a yoke of oxen and a 
wagon, being six weeks on the journey. He 
contracted for five hundred acres of land. In 
1832 he received a deed for the first fifty 
acres to which he added until he had a good 
farm of one hundred and fifty-six acres. He 
was a man of influence in the town, serving as 
assessor, town clerk and commissioner of 
highways. He is buried in the cemetery near 
the homestead, with father, mother and wife. 

He married, in 1823, Hannah Sanders, of 
Ashford, bom in Salem, Massachusetts, daugh- 
ter of James Sanders. Children: i. Nathan, 
bom June 29, 1824, died at Tunnel City, Wis- 
consin, April 14, 1866; he married Eunice 
Wheeler and settled on a farm in Little Val- 
ley. In 1856 he sold it and removed to Wis- 
consin, where he was first a farmer, then mer- 
chant and postmaster, at Tunnel City; chil- 
dren : i. Marilla, married Dr. William Donald ; 
ii. Albina, married Charles Tarr; iii. Alice, 
married Warren Page; iv. John E., married 
Eliza Woodward. 2. Charles, born 1826, died 
May I, 1880; settled on a farm in his native 
town, Little Valley, and was also a carpenter ; 
served as overseer of the poor ; married (first) 
Eveline Stark; children: i. Emory, married 
Ida Raysey ; ii. Erastus, married Oflie Wheel- 
er ; iii. Charles (2), married Carrie McMillan; 

married (second) Smith, child, Deva. 

3. Benjamin S., bom 1828, died April 15, 1882; 
was merchant and liveryman at Little Valley, 
then moved to Wisconsin, where he was in 
the hotel business ; later a merchant and lum- 
berman ; married China Thompson. 4. Joseph, 
born September i, 1833, ^^^^ September 23, 
1881 ; was a school teacher in Cattaraugus 
county; moved to Wisconsin where he was a 
farmer and teacher; served in Union army 
(luring the civil war; married Laura W. Well- 
ington; children: Addison and Nellie J. 5. 

Isaac, born 1835, died 1906; settled on the 
homestead farm and was a noted breeder of 
thoroughbred and standard Holstein cattle. 
He was a Democrat ; was supervisor, justice of 
the peace twelve years, and overseer of the 
poor; married Adeline Stark; child, Robert, 
married Lizzie Newell and has a daughter, 
Nellie. 6. Truman, of further mention. 7. 
Elsther, went west as a teacher; married, in 
Wisconsin, E. D. Carter, and settled in Hum- 
bird ; children : Edwin, died in the Black Hills ; 
Mamie, Harry M. and Archie. 

(Vni) Truman, youngest son of Benjamin 
(3) and Hannah (Sanders) Winship, was born 
in Little Valley, Cattaraugus county, New 
Vork, September 26, 1837. He was educated 
in the public schools with two terms at select 
school, and grew to manhood on the old home- 
stead JFarm that was his birthplace. For sev- 
eral years he was a partner with Isaac, his 
brother, in operating the farm and in the fancy 
Holstein cattle business. In 1863 ^^^7 divided 
the farm of two hundred and fifty-eight acres, 
Truman taking a small acreage, and then pur- 
chasing the I)onaldson farm adjoining, mak- 
ing a valuable tract of three hundred and ten 
acres. He was a successful farmer and stock 
breeder, his herd of Holsteins being of excep- 
tionally high grade. He was also interested in 
lumbering, cutting, logging and rafting down 
the river to city markets at Pittsburg and Cin- 
cinnati. His dairy interests were large and he 
was one of the largest cheese manufacturers 
in that section. He was an active, energetic, 
successful business man, and shared his pros- 
perity. When his daughters married he gave 
to each a part of the home farm, and was lib- 
eral in all his dealings. He is now practically 
retired from arduous business cares but retains 
an active interest in the lumber business at 
Little Valley. He is an uncompromising Dem- 
ocrat and served as highway commissioner. 
In religious faith he is a Congregationalist, 
serving as trustee of Little Valley church. 

He married, May 30, i860, Candis, bom 
April 24, 1838, daughter of Edwin Fairbrother, 
a farmer and shoemaker, who came to Mans- 
field, New York, from Vermont; married 
Eliza, daughter of Amos and Olive (Bruce) 
Jackson. Children of Edwin and Eliza Fair- 
brother: I. Irwin, married Helen Pierce; 
children: Frank and Adelaide. 2. Candis, 
married Truman Winship. 3. Orlando, mar- 
ried Mary Wenn; children: Eldon, Emma, 
Anna. Arthur and Oscar. 4. Emmeline, mar- 



ried Burton Chapin; children: Alinead, Ger- 
trude and Edith. 5. Alonzo, married Berthuna 
Crippen; children: Frank, Jennie, Cora and 
Mary. Children of Truman and 'Candis Win- 
ship: I. Edwin S., born April 7, 1862; mar- 
ried, November 8, 1883, Mary A. Stevens, 
born May 17, 1861. Children: i. Ara P\, born 
August 22, 1884; married, September 12, 1908, 
Vera McKilburn; has Dorothy M., bom June 
17, 1909, and Marian E., May 17, 191 1; ii. 
James B., bom June 18, 1890, deceased. 2. 
Minnie E., born May 26, 1866 ; married, March 
30, 1887, Willis T. Eighme, born June 10, 
1858; children: i. Eugenia C., feorn June 24, 
1900; ii. Richard P.., February 8, 1902. 3. 
Alvina A., born March 10, 1870; married. May 
II, 1890, Burt L. Stratton, born November 19, 
i8i58; children: i. Marjorie B., born November 
ID, 1892; ii. Mabel Mae, August 27, 1897. 4. 
Tessa May, born September 6, 1871 ; married, 
P'ebmary 15, 1890, Merritt P. Chase, born 
May 7, 18^. Children: i. Lelah L., born 
December 13, 1890; married, June i. 1910. 
Warden Buffington ; ii. Helen L., February 15, 
1892 ; iii. Truman W., December 26, 1904. 

James Mark was born in 1788, 
MARK and came from Delaware county. 
New York, in 1808, at the age of 
twenty years, to Fredonia, New York. He 
served as a private in the war of 181 2 under 
Captain Hale, in a company of militia at the 
defense of Buffalo, and took part in the battle 
of Black Rock, and witnessed the burning of 
Buffalo. In after years he was widely known 
in the northern part of the county as a manu- 
facturer of pearl ash from salts of lye, or 
black salts, then the chief cash commodity of 
the settlers. In 1836 he removed to the village 
of Hamlet, New York, in the town of Ville- 
nova, and in partnership with John Z. Saxton, 
of Fredonia, began business as a general mer- 
chant and manufacturer of potash and pearl 
ash, continuing long and successfully in these 
lines. He died in 1855. He married Lucy 
Woodcock, a native of Vermont. Children, 
the first six born in Fredonia, the seventh in 
Hamlet: i. Lucy E., married Eri Spencer, 
and died in i860. 2. Charles LeRoy, men- 
tioned below. 3. Dr. Andrew J., died in i860. 
4. Professor George A. 5. Harriet A., married 
Albert M. Woodcock. 6. John E. 7. Janette, 
died in 1887: married William Delaney. 

(II) Charles LeRoy, son of James Mark, 
was born at Fredonia, New York, August 12, 

1822, and died at Winter Park, Florida, De- 
cember 24, 1904. He attended the public 
schools and Fredonia Academy until 1836, 
when he removed with his parents to the vil- 
lage of Hamlet, Villenova, New York. He 
spent the winter of 1843-4 in Little Rock, 
Arkansas. He made the journey largely by 
water, the railroads not having reached that 
section, and the journey by canal, river and 
lake, occupied two weeks. Returning witli 
health much improved in 1845, ^^ became a 
partner with his father in the general mer- 
chandise business and the manufacture of pot 
and pearl ashes, continuing until the year 185 1. 
During the next two years he was in the same 
line of business, in partnership with Martin 
Crowell. In 1855 he engaged in business alone 
as a general merchant, and continued for 
about five years. At the age of thirty-eight, 
having accumulated a competence, he retired 
from active business and made his home for a 
few years at Middletown, near Cincinnati. 
Ohio. Afterwards he returned to Fredonia 
and lived there during his last years. After 
he retired, however, he traveled extensively 
with his wife, spending a year in California, 
two or three years in Colorado, and during 
the winter months for nineteen years he went 
to Florida, where he owned an orange planta- 
tion and a fine residence at Winter Park. For 
more than thirty years he spent the months of 
August and September at various summer re- 
sorts in the United States and Canada, seeking 
relief from hay fever, from which he was an 
annual sufferer. Mr. Mark was a member of 
the board of managers of the State Normal 
School at Fredonia from 1877 ^"^^ his death. 
He was a man of conspicuous public spirit, 
lending his aid and support to all movements 
for the welfare of the community, and con- 
tributing freely of his wealth to various public 
enterprises. To the Barber library he gave a 
donation of $1,000, and at a cost of $2,000 
erected two beautiful public fountains in the 
parks of the village. He and his wife were 
members of the Free Baptist Church in Ham- 
let until they removed to Fredonia, when they 
joined the Presbyterian Church. He married. 
September 3, 1846, Julia Peirce, daughter of 
Dr. Austin and Mary Ann (Sterling) Peirce. 
of Hamlet, granddaughter of Gurdon Peirce 
(see Peirce). 

(Ill) Professor Edward Laurens Mark, 
only child of Charles LeRoy and Julia 
(Peirce) Mark, was born at Hamlet, New 



York, May 30, 1847. He attended the public 
schools and Fredonia Academy, where he was 
prepared for college. He entered the Univer- 
sity of Michigan, and was graduated in the 
clas$ of 187 1 with the degree of bachelor of 
arts. During the following year he was an 
instructor in the university. In 1872-73 he 
was employed by the government in the north- 
em boundary survey, marking the line between 
the United States and British America, In 
1873 he went abroad to pursue his studies at 
the German universities, and after taking his 
doctor's degree at Leipsic in 1876, returned to 
America to accept the chair of zoology in 
Harvard University, a position he has since 
filled with distinction, being at the present time 
head of the zoological department of the uni- 
versity. In 1898 Dr. Mark spent a Sabbatical 
year abroad with his family, visiting various 
institutions of learning and observing the 
zoological instructions given abroad. Upon 
his return to his duties at Harvard, a number 
of his former students and his associates con- 
ceived the project of publishing a volume of 
five hundred pages to be known as the "Mark 
Anniversary Volume,'* to commemorate the 
completion of twenty-five years of successful 
and productive labor as professor of zoology 
in Harvard University. The project was well 
carried out, and the volume was presented at 
a meeting of the American Association for the 
Advancement of Science at Washington, D. C, 
in December, 1903. Among the contributors 
to the volume were: President Theodore 
Roosevelt, who was a student under Professor 
Mark; a Japanese professor of Tokio, Japan; 
and professors in various American colleges. 
The work is embellished with numerous en- 
gravings, with a fine portrait of Dr. Mark for 
the frontispiece. It contains a list of the 
scientific publications from the zoolo^cal 
laboratory under Dr. Mark's direction. In 
1904, Dr. Mark, representing Harvard, and 
Eh*. Bristol, representing New York Univer- 
sity, spent the summer in the Bermuda Islands, 
establishing and organizing a biological station. 
Professor Mark married, in 1873, Lucy T. 
King, of Dunkirk, New York, born in Cherry 
Valley, Ohio, daughter of Edwin and Eunice 
(Brigham) King. Children: i. Kenneth 
Lamartine, bom at Leipsic, Germany, August 
26, 1874; married Florence Wetherbee, of 
Roxbury (Boston), Massachusetts; he was 
formerly assistant professor of chemistry at 
Harvard College, and is now professor in the 

same subject at Simmons College, Boston. 2. 
Freedrica, born at Cambridge, Massachusetts, 
June 7, 1880; married Professor George H. 
Chase, professor of archaeology, Harvard 
University; child, Thomas King Chase, born 
at Cambridge. 

(The Peirce Line). 

(I) Thomas Peirce, the immigrant ances- 
tor, came from England in 1633-4 with his wife 
Elizabeth, and settled in Charlestown, Massa- 
chusetts. He was bom in England in 1583-4, 
and died October 7, 1666; his wife was born 
in England in 1595-6. She was admitted to 
the church at Charlestown, January 10, and he 
February 21, 1634-5. He was made freeman 
May 6, 1635. On September 27, 1642, he was 
chosen one of twenty-one commissioners to 
the general court "to see that Saltpetre heapes 
were made by all the farmers of the colony." 
He made his will November 7, 1665. Chil- 
dren, bom in Charlestown: John; Samuel; 
Thomas, mentioned below; Robert; Mary; 
Elizabeth; Persis; Abigail, born June 17, 1639. 

(II) Thomas (2), son of Thomas (i) 
Peirce, was born in 1608, and died November 
6, 1683. He lived in Charlestown Village, now 
Wobum, Massachusetts. He was often called 
Sergeant Thomas Peirce. He was admitted 
to the church Febmary 21, 1634. He was in 
Wobum as early as 1643, and was taxed there 
in 1645. In 1660 he was selectman there, and 
often afterwards was on the committee for 
dividing the common lands. In 1668 he was 
on the general court committee appointed for 
that purpose. He married, May 6, 1635, Eliz- 
abeth Cole, who died March 5, 1688. Chil- 
dren: Abigail, born August 17, 1639; John, 
March 7, 1643; Thomas, June 21, 1645; Eliz- 
abeth, December 25, 1646; Joseph, September 
22, 1648, died February 27, 1649; Joseph, 
August 13, 1649; Stephen, July 16, 1651 ; Sam- 
uel, February 20, 1654, died October 27, 1655; 
Samuel, mentioned below; W^illiam, March 7, 
1658; James, May 7, 1659; Abigail, November 
20, 1660; Benjamin. 

(III) Samuel, son of Thomas (2) Peirce. 
was born April 7, 1656, and died July 5, 1721, 
at Woburn, where he lived. On July 28, 1721, 
he was administrator of his father's estate. 
He married, December 9, 1680, Lydia Bacon, 
who was bom March 6, 1656, and died Decem- 
ber 5, 1717. Children, born in Wobum< 
Samuel, mentioned below ; Lydia, born May 
25, 1683; Joseph, March 28, 1685, died young; 



Isaac, March 22, 1687; Abigail, February 27, 
1689 ; Sarah, June 22, 1691 ; Ruth, February 
14, 1693; Tabitha, August 28, 1697, died Sep- 
tember 30, 1697; Tabitha, March 10, 1700. 

(IV) Samuel (2), son of Samuel (i) 
Peirce, was born at Woburn, November 25, 
1681, and died January 26, 1774. He lived at 
Woburn and Wilmington, Massachusetts, and 
at Mansfield, Connecticut. He married, June 
14, 1705, Abigail Johnson, who died March 16, 
1787. Children: Samuel, born June 3, 1706; 
Josiah, July 13, 1708; Abigail, February 28, 
171 1 ; Esther, February 7, 1715; Seth, men- 
tioned below; Enoch, March 22, 17 19. 

(V) Seth, son of Samuel (2) Peirce, was 
' born November 30, 1716, and died December 

5, 1794, at Mansfield, Connecticut, where he 
lived. He married, November 10, 1743, Eliza- 
beth Nye, of Tolland, Connecticut, who was 
bom in 1680, and died May 14, 1749. Chil- 
dren : Seth, mentioned below ; Elizabeth, born 
June 2, 1748; Enoch; Dan. 

(VI) Seth (2), son of Seth (1) Peirce, 
was born September 12, 1744, and died in 
Homer, New York, in 1835. He married 
(first), April 17, 1767, Bethiah Fields, who 
was born in 1745, and died September 18, 
1807. He married (second), in 1813, Patty 
Rindge, who died in 1829. Children, by first 
wife: Sarah, born November 20, 1767; 
Lucinda, September 14, 1769; Bennett, Sep- 
tember 12, 1771, died March 17, i773;Gurdon, 
mentioned below; Bennett, July 14, 1775; 
Samuel, May 23, 1777, died August 26, 1778; 
Samuel, May 20, 1779; Elijah, April 27, 1781 ; 
Seth, February 17, 1784; Daniel, March 16, 
1786; Elizabeth, September 12, 1788; Bela, 
April 13, 1792. 

(VII) Gurdon, son of Seth (2) Peirce, 
was born August 31, 1773, and died February 
7, 1875. He lived at Thetford and Norwich, 
Vermont, and at Pitcher, New York. He mar- 
ried, in 1796, Thirsa Smalley, who died in 
1861. Children: Almira, born 1798; Austin, 
mentioned below; Minerva P., January 25, 
1803; Francis S., February 6, 1806; Royal S., 
January 8, 181 2. 

(VIII) Dr. Austin Peirce, son of Gurdon 
Peirce, was born September 2, 1799, in Thet- 
ford, Vermont, and died June 17, 1861. He 
lived at Villenova, Chautauqua county, New 
York, where he settled in April, 1829, living 
there the rest of his life. He was graduated 
from the Medical College at Fairfield, New 
York. He practiced medicine until 1850, when 

he was attacked with a spinal disease and kept 
to his bed for nearly twelve years. He was a 
member of the Presbyterian church. For a 
number of years he was supervisor of the 
town, and he was repesentative to the geaeral 
assembly in 1841 and 1842. He married, 
March 17, 1826, Mary Ann Sterling. Chil- 
dren: Julia M., bom October 9, 1829, mar- 
ried, September 3, 1846, Charles L. Mark (see 
Mark) ; William P., born March 25, 1830; 
Ellen E., December 18, 1831 ; Lucius G. C, 
February 5, 1836; Theresa M., September 2, 
1838; Gurdon L., January 25, 1841 ; Henry A., 
October 11, 1843; Austin L., June 9, 1848. 

This old English name is un- 
FREEMAN doubtedly derived from the 

condition of the first who 
assumed it as a surname. In that ancient day 
the holding of slaves was a common custom 
in England, and undoubtedly the condition of 
a freeman was something of which to be proud. 
The family has long been established in Amer- 
ica, and has borne no inconsiderable part in 
promoting the progress and development of 
the nation, and this has been the patronymic 
of several distinguished citizens. 

(I) Edmond Freeman, bom in England, in 
1590, came to America in the ship "Abigail," 
in July, 1635, with his wife Elizabeth and 
children Alice, Edmond, Elizabeth and John. 
He settled that year in Lynn, Massachusetts, 
and presented to the colony twenty corselets, 
or pieces of plate armour. He was subse- 
quently in the Plymouth colony, and with nine 
associates was recognized by the government 
as a suitable person to originate a new settle- 
ment. He was admitted freeman at Plym- 
outh, January 2, 1637, and resided for a time 
in Duxbury, settling in what was subsequently 
incorporated as the town of Sandwich. Most 
of the grantees of this town were formerly 
residents of Lynn. Mr. Freeman had large 
grants of land, and was evidently one of the 
foremost men in the enterprise. He was 
elected as assistant to the governor, and com- 
missioner to hear and determine courses with- 
in several contiguous townships. He was one 
of the first judges of the select court of Plym- 
outh county. During the persecution of the 
Quakers he opposed the course of the authori- 
ties, and was at one time fined ten shillings for 
refusing to aid in the "baiting" of Friends 
under pretense of law. He was highly re- 
spected, a man of firm principles and decisive 



action, yet quite unobtrusive, without personal 
ambition, of unerring integrity and sound 
judgment. He died in 1682 at the advanced 
age of ninety-two years, and was buried on his 
own land on the hill, in the rear of his dwell- 
ing at Sandwich. It is the oldest burial place 
in the town, and his grave and that of his wif^ 
are marked by two boulders which he placed 
in position after her death, and called, from 
fancied resemblances, "the saddle and pillion." 
His home was a mile and a quarter west of 
the present town hall, and near the junction 
of the old and new county roads to the Cape. 
His wife died February 14, 1676. Children: 
Alice, Edmond, Elizabeth, John, and Mary. 

(H) Major John Freeman, second son of 
Edmond and Elizabeth Freeman, was born 
about 1627, in England, and died October 28, 
17 19, at his home in Eastham, Massachusetts. 
In 1650 he bought land in Sandwich, on 
Skauton Neck, called by the Indians, Arquid 
Neck. He was among the earliest settlers of 
Eastham, and was conspicuous in military 
service in the Indian wars. He is first en- 
titled lieutenant, subsequently captain, and 
later major. He was a large landholder, and 
very active in civil affairs, being selectman ten 
years from 1663 ; deputy to the general court 
eight years from 1654, and assistant to the 
governor several years beginning with 1666. 
December 7, 1692, he'was appointed judge of 
the court of common pleas. For many years 
he served as deacon of the church, and was 
regarded as one of the fathers of Eastham. 
He married, February 13, 1650, Mercy, daugh- 
ter of Governor Prince, born 163 1, died Sep- 
tember 28, 171 1. Children: John (died 
young), John, Thomas, Patience, Hannah, 
Edmond, Mercy, William, Prince, Nathaniel 
and Bennett. 

(III) Lieutenant Edmond Freeman, fourth 
son of Major John and Mary (Prince) Free- 
man, was born in 1657, probably in Sandwich, 
and died December 10, 1717, in Eastham. He 
resided in that part of the town called Tonset, 
and was a distinguished citizen, serving many 
years as selectman, and carrying a large influ- 
ence in the community. He married (first) 
Ruth, daughter of William Merrick, and 
(second) Sarah, daughter of Samuel Mayo. 
Children: Ruth, Sarah, Mary, Isaac, Ebene- 
zer, Edmond, Experience, Mercy, Thankful, 
Elizabeth, Hannah and Rachel. 

(IV) Ebenezer, second son of Lieutenant 
Kdmond Freeman, was born about 1687, in 

Eastham, and died June 11, 1760. He was the 
first of the family to settle in the district called 
Billingsgate, in that part of Eastham which 
afterward became the town of Wellfleet. He 
married, October 12, 17 10, Abigail, daughter 
of David and Anne (Doane) Young, bom 
September 28, 1688, died June 12, 1781, in 
her ninety-third year. Children: Jenette, 
born December 17, 171 1; Thankful, February 
15, 1715; Anna, June 6, 1717; Ebenezer, No- 
vember 30, 1 7 19; Edmond, probably 1722: 
Isaac, about 1733. 

(V) A son of Ebenezer Freeman, believed 
to be Edmond. 

(VI) Elmer, grandson of Ebenezer and 
Abigail (Young) Freeman, was born in Well- 
fleet, Massachusetts, in 1787. He lived in 
Worcester county until 18 16, when he removed 
to Chautauqua county, New York, settling at 
Jamestown, where he died in 1857. He came 
to Jamestown in company with Rufus Pier. 
They built a two-story shop on First street, 
opposite the present Erie depot, and began the 
manufacture of hats grading from cheap wool 
to the finest beaver. In 1830 Mr. Freeman 
built a shop on Main street just below the 
Tew building, afterwards occupied by Dr. 
FVank Ormes as an office. The shops on Main 
and on First streets were run in full operation 
for several years, and were among the boasted 
early industries of Jamestown. For two or 
three years Mr. Freeman had his home at 
Cross Roads, then built a residence on the 
north corner of Cherry and First streets, near 
his hat shop. H^ was a prosperous business 
man, and one of Jamestown's foremost citi- 
zens. His wife Amanda, was bom in 1790, 
died 1859, and is buried in Lakeview cemetery 
beside her husband. Children: i. Lucy, born 
1812, died 1889; married Robert V. Cunning- 
ham. 2. Maria, bom 181 4, died 1897 ; married 
WilUam P. Proudfit. 3. Horace, removed to 
Belvidere, Illinois, where he died. 4. Hull, of 
further mention. 5. Henry, lost on steamer 
"Erie," on Lake Erie. 6. Hannah, born 1822, 
died 1882. 

(VII) Hull, son of Elmer and Amanda 
Freeman, was born in Westminster, Worcester 
county, Massachusetts, April 13, 1815. He 
was brought to Chautauqua county, New 
York, an infant in arms, by his parents, in 
1816. He was educated in the Jamestown 
schools, and on growing to adult years became 
a farmer. He owned the "Fish Pond" farm 
in the town of Ellicott, on which he resided all 




his active years. In his latter days he removed 
to Jamestown, at the comer of Sixth and 
Spring streets, where he lived until his death. 
He was a prosperous farmer, and a man much 
respected by his fellows. He was a member 
of the Congregational church, and a Republi- 
can. He married Mary Ann Wood, bom Octo- 
ber 19, 1820, died February i, 1880, daughter 
of Deacon Ezra Wood, of W^estminster, 
Massachusetts. Children: i. Mary Louise, 
born November 8, 1842, died September 26, 
1908; married Edwin Schulz. 2. Lilla. born 
July 27, 1845, d^^d May 25, 1910; married 
(first) Frederick Alonzo Thompson : (second) 
Charles E. Bartram. 3. Willis Hull, bom De- 
cember 30, 1846, now a resident of Cleveland, 
Ohio. 4. Kate T., born October 12, 1848, died 
May 17, 1887; married John E. Downes. 5. 
Jennie E., born March 12, 1853, died April 17, 
1879; married E. A. Brooks. 6. Charles Ed- 
ward, of whom further. 7. Jessie Blanche, 
born August 16, i860, died January 25, 1869. 
Hull Freeman and his wife are buried in 
Lakeview cemetery, Jamestown. 

(Vni) Charles Edward, son of Hull and 
Mary Ann (Wood) Freeman, was born in 
Jamestown, New York, July 14, 1858. He 
was educated in the Jamestown schools, and 
in 1876 went to San Diego, California, where 
for five years he worked on a ranche. He then 
returned to Jamestown and entered mercan- 
tile life, first as clerk, then as merchant pro- 
prietor, and has been in continuous business 
for a quarter of a century in the city of his 
birth. He began as a clerk in the paint store 
of Horton & Schulz, remaining with Edwin 
Schulz, who purchased Mr. Horton's interest 
in the business, for fourteen years. Mr. 
Schulz then sold to the Victor Holmes Com- 
pany, which was finally purchased by the 
Edwin Schulz Company, in which John D. 
Johnson and Charles E. Freeman became part- 
ners with Mr. Schulz. About two years later 
this business was taken over by Fred G. Bush 
and Mr. Freeman. They traded as Bush & 
Freeman for seven years, when Mr. Freeman 
sold to his partner. In 1905 he opened his 
present establishment at 17 West Second 
street. Here he has one of the largest, best- 
equipped and stocked paint stores in Chau- 
tauqua county. He carries besides the regular 
paint lines a line of general house supplies, 
including windows and doors. His trade ex- 
tends over the entire county and is well estab- 
lished and profitable. Mr. Freeman is one of 

Jamestown's substantial citizens and is held 
in the highest esteem. He is a Republican in 

Mr. Freeman married (first) at Jamestown, 
November 3, 1881, Cora M. Hopkins, born 
November 3, i860, died March 22, 1896, 
daughter of Milton J. and Rosetta (Strunk) 
Hopkins. He married (second), at James- 
town, July 8, 1897, Luella Dowler, bom at 
Miller's Station, Crawford county, Pennsyl- 
vania, January 11, 1868, daughter of Frank 
King and Katherine (Price) Dowler (see 
Dowler elsewhere). Luella (Dowler) Free- 
man was but seven years of age when her 
parents came to Jamestown. She was edu- 
cated in the Jamestown schools, and for two 
years taught in the public schools of Ellery and 
Ellicott. She was for ten years assistant 
librarian at the Prendergast Library in James- 
town, having qualified for such a position by a 
course in the New York State Library Train- 
ing School at Albany. Child of first marriage : 
Earl C, bom February 15, 1885. 

The name Woodward, or 
WOODWARD Woodard, is supposed to 

be a trade name, probably 
derived from the English common noun, 
W^ood-ward, the early Woodwards being park 
and forest keepers. The earliest emigrant of 
the name was Richard ' Woodward, who em- 
barked at Ipswich, England, with his wife 
Rose and sons, George and John, April 10. 
1634, and settled at Watertown, Massachu- 
setts. It is not known that he was related to 
Nathaniel Woodward, of Boston. 

( I ) Nathaniel Woodward, immigrant ances- 
tor of this branch of the Woodwards of the 
United States, came from England and had a 
lot of land assigned him in Boston, November 
30, 1635. He was a mathematician and sur- 
veyor ; was employed by the authorities to run 
the line between Plymouth and Massachusetts 
Bay colonies, also between Massachusetts and 
Connecticut, being sent later on the Merrimac 
survey. He was a man of more than ordinary 
importance in the colony, as the frequent men- 
tion of his name testifies. He owned many 
parcels of land, one of them now being the 
north-east corner of Summer and Washington 
streets, Boston, a most valuable comer. His 
wife Margaret and sons, Nathaniel, John and 
Robert, came from Engfland with him. He 
had also a daughter Prudence, who married 
Christopher Morse. John lived in Boston. 



Robert was a carpenter of Boston, where he 
died November 21, 1653. His wife was Rachel 

(II) Nathaniel (2), son of Nathaniel (i) 
Woodward, was born in England and came to 
America with his parents and brothers. He 
had a house lot assigned him in Boston, De- 
cember 18, 1637. In 1648 he sold his dwelling 
house in Boston and moved to Taunton, 
Massachusetts. He evidently returned to Bos- 
ton as on February 25, 1655, he and family 
were admitted inhabitants of Boston. He was 
one of the proprietors of Ancient Iron Works 
in Taunton, established 1653. March 21, 1664, 
"Nathaniel Woodward, of Taunton, carpenter, 
and Katherine, his wife, sold to Mr. White, of 
Boston, their dwelling in Boston." This would 
show a later residence in Taunton. He died 
before February 6, 1694. By first wife Mary 
his first two children were bom in Boston. 
Children : Elisha, baptized in Boston ; Na- 
thaniel, baptized in Boston; Israel (supposed) 
died in Taunton; John, of further mention; 
James, died in Taunton. 

(III) John, son of Nathaniel (2) Wood- 
ward, died in Taunton, May 10, 1688. He was 
propounded for freeman of Taunton, Massa- 
chusetts, June I, 1680. He appears on the 
original roster of the first military company, 
first squadron, of Taunton, April 8, 1682. 
This company was divided into four squad- 
rons, each squadron alternating in "Bringing 
their armes to meeting on every Sabbath day." 
The court order was "That every souldier 
bring his armes fixed to meeting when it is 
his turn, with six charges of powder and 
shot." The original roster is still preserved 
and bears upon its corners the marks of the 
nails by which it was fastened to the meeting- 
house door in Taunton. He married, in 
Rehoboth, Massachusetts, November 11, 1675, 
Sarah Grossman, bom 1653, daughter of 
Robert Crossman, "The Drum Maker of New 
England," and Sarah Kingsbury, whom he 
married May 25, 1652. Children: i. John, 
bom June 3, 1676, died July, 1765: married 
Deborah Thayer. 2. Robert, born March 2, 
1678, died July 13, 1767; married Hannah 
Briggs. 3. Nathaniel, born July 31, 1679, died 
1751 ; may be the Captain Nathaniel who mar- 
ried Elizabeth Willis. 4. Israel, July 30, 1681, 
died December 19, 1766; married Elizabeth 

. 5. Ebenezer, of further mention. 6. 

Joseph, born February 22, 1685, di^d before 
1750; married Hannah Fisher. 7. Ezekiel, 

born February 26, 1687; married Sarah 
. 8. Mary, twin of Ezekiel. 

(IV) Ebenezer, son of John Woodward, 
was born in Taunton, Massachusetts, February 
i3» 1683, died 1745. He lived in Taunton and 
was a weaver. He served in Queen Anne's 
war, enlisting May 21, 1706. He marrie<l 

. Children: i. Ebenezer, of further 

mention. 2. Ephraim, married Abigail Bent. 
3. William, born January i, 1736, died in 
Petersham, Massachusetts, July i, 1807; mar- 
ried (first) Rachel Randall; (second) Hannah 
Newell. He was a "Quaker." 4. Martha. 5. 
Elizabeth, married Edward Thayer, of Taun- 
ton. 6. Sarah, married Nathaniel Stone. 7. 
Eleazer (not named in will). 

(V) Ebenezer (2), son of Ebenezer (i) 
Woodward, was born in 1720. He married 

Elizabeth and had issue. He settled in 


(VI) Ebenezer (3), son of Ebenezer (2) 
Woodward, was born in the state of Vermont, 
in 1747, died in Ontario county, New York, 
1832. He moved from Vermont to Columbia 
county. New York, where he was employed 
in the iron industry by the Livingstons. He 
moved thence to Ontario county, where he 
died. He served in the revolutionary war and 
in later years his widow was granted a pen- 
sion on account of his services. He married 
Elizabeth Curtis, born 1749, died in Niagara 
county, 1845. Children: i. Elisha, born 1775, 
died 1862; married a widow, Mrs. Christine 
Woodward. 2. Rachel, born 1777, died 1818: 
married Thomas Ashley. 3. Peter, born 1779, 
died 1822; married Lucina Dee. 4. Daniel, 
born 1781 ; married Sarah Hastings. 5. David, 
born 1783; married Sarah Church. 6. Sylvia, 
born 1786, died 1837; married David Harmon 

7. Lewis, born 1788; married Dorothea Mix. 

8. Hannah, born 1790; married Bildad Brooks. 

9. Milton, of further mention. 10. Sarah, 
born 1795 J married Hector Seagar. 

(VII) Milton, son of Ebenezer (3) Wood- 
ward, was born in Ontario county, New York, 
1793, died in Niagara county, 1878. He was a 
farmer of Ontario county until 1832, when he 
settled in Niagara county. He was a member 
of the Methodist Episcopal church, and in poli- 
tics originally a Democrat. In 1840 he became 
a Free Soil or Independent Democrat, and in 
1854 joined the newly-born Republican party. 
He married, ia Phelps, Ontario county, in 
1812, Susan Wisner, born in Orange county. 
New York, 1793, died 1866, daughter of 



Gehial Wisner, a Baptist minister who trav- 
eled on foot through Western New York, 
preaching and establishing places of worship 
wherever possible, and his wife, Sally (Wig- 
gins) Wisner, of New Jersey Dutch parentage. 
Children of ' Milton and Susan Woodward: 
Lucretia, born 1815, died 1896; Betsey, born 
1818; Orestes, born 1820, died 1821 ; Rachel 
Lucina, born 1822; Charles E., 1825, died 
1826; Harriet E., twin of Charles E., died 
1828; Jane, born 1828, died 1834; Jabez 
Seldon, of further mention ; Louisa, bom 1835. 
(VIII) Jabez Seldon, son of Milton Wood- 
ward, was born in the town of Phelps, On- 
tario county, April 4, 1 83 1. He was educated 
in the public schools and for five winters 
attended Wilson Collegiate Institute, at Wil- 
son, New York. In 1832 his father settled in 
the "Great North Woods" of Niagara county, 
where Jabez S. grew to manhood and until 
1872 followed agriculture as a business. In 
the year mentioned he moved to Lockport, 
New York, and with Lewis Harmony formed 
the hardware firm of Harmony & Woodward. 
While engaged in the hardware business he 
was also actively interested in farming, own- 
ing at one time over six hundred acres of land, 
but has since disposed of his holdings in farm 
lands. He has always been closely identified 
with the grape industry and has been a stren- 
uous advocate of advanced farming. He was 
the discoverer of the great value of the 
Niagara white grape and organized the Nia- 
gara Grape Company, afterwards changed to 
the Niagara White Grape Company, for the 
propagation and dissemination of this grape. 
He was for five years secretary and general 
manager of this company and in its interest 
attended all the horticultural meetings held in 
the northern states. In 1883 Mr. Woodward 
purchased a half interest in the Rural Neiv 
Yorker, and for two years was editor of its 
agricultural department. Unable to endure the 
confinement of such a sedentary life he sold 
his interest in the paper and returned to Lock- 
port. In 1886 he bought Mr. Harmony's in- 
terest in Harmony & Woodward, and formed 
the hardware firm of J. S. Woodward & Son, 
of Lockport. In 1887 he was elected secretary 
of the New York State Agricultural Society, 
serving: as such for five years. In connection 
with Professor I. P. Roberts, of Cornell Uni- 
versity, he saw the great n^essity of better 
methods for the farmer, and in the interest of 
advanced farming organized the Farmers' In- 

stitute work, of New York state, and for five 
years was in full control of the same, attend- 
ing meetings in every county of the state, de^ 
livering addresses and putting forth every 
energy to develop this line of educational work 
among the farmers. He was a member of the 
original board of control of the New York 
State Experimental Statical, and one of a com- 
mittee of two that located the farm at Geneva, 
New York. Mr. Woodward was the first man 
to advocate winter shearing of sheep, the close 
housing of dairy cows in proper stables and 
also the first to publicly announce that the 
spraying of apple trees would destroy the cod- 
lin moth. He is a life member of the Western 
New York Horticultural Society and of the 
Niagara County Farmers' Club, and no man has 
done more to advance the cause of scientific 
methods for farm, dairy and orchard than he. 
While he has mercantile interests of great im- 
portance the soil is his greatest passion, and 
now, at eighty years of age, he is as ardently 
interested in all that pertains to the welfare 
of the farmer as he was half a century ago. 
The value of his service to the farmers and 
horticulturists of Western New York and of 
his own county of Niagara can never be esti- 
mated, but prosperous farms and orchards 
everywhere in that section speak loudly of the 
scientific work in which he was one of the 
foremost pioneers and untiring investigators. 
He will long be held in grateful remembrance 
by the agriculturists of Western New York. 
In 1854 Mr. Woodward was a delegate to the 
Auburn, New York, convention, where the old 
Whig party, the Free Soil or Independent 
Democratic party and the temperance party 
united and formed a new party which nomi- 
nated Myron H. Clark for governor and Henry 
J. Raymond for lieutenant-governor of New 
York state. This was the birth of the Repub- 
lican party in New York state, and this Au- 
burn convention adopted the name Republican 
as its name. In 1856 a national convention 
adopted the name Republican and nominated 
Fremont and Dayton as candidates for Presi- 
dent and Vice-President. Thus he was at the 
birth of his party and in the years intervening 
has been a loyal supporter. In religious faith 
he is a Congregationalist and a member of 
the First Church of Lockport. 

He married, at Wilson, New York, June i, 
1854, Sarah Maria Davis, born there May 31. 
1830, died at Lockport, July 23, 1907, daugh- 
ter of Nathaniel Davis, a farmer of Wilson, 



born July 10, 181 1, died 1883; married Sarah 
Ann Holmes, born January 19, 1812, died 1864. 
Children of Mr. and Mrs. Davis: i. Sarah 
Maria, married Jabez S. Woodward. 2. Sam- 
uel, born December 14, 1831 ; enlisted in the 
Union army, December 16, 1862. 3. Nathaniel 
Emmons, bom January 21, 1834, died 1909; 
also a veteran of the civil war. 4. Henry M., 
bom December 13, 1836, died 1910. 5. Daniel 
Holmes, born April 14, 1838, died May 14, 
1862; enlisted in the Union army, 1861. 6. 
Mary Elizabeth, born January 26, 1842. 7. 
Luther Crocker, October 3, 1846. 8. William 
Edward, August 2, 1850; now general traffic 
manager of the Grand Trunk railroad, with 
headquarters at Montreal, Canada. 

Children of Jabez S. and Sarah Maria Wood- 
ward: I. Sarah Alletta, born April 6, 1857; 
married, 1880, George Thomas McCombe; 
children : George Thomas, born 1881 ; Howard 
Woodward, 1883. 2. Eliza Davis, born June 
18, i860. 3. Jabez Milton, March 31, 1866; 
married, February 6, 1890, Jeannie May Dan- 
iels ; children : Jabez Seldon, bom November 
15, 1890; Timothy Ellsworth, March 20, 1893; 
Milton; September 18, 1898; Isadore, Novem- 
ber 7, 1899, died in 1904. 

The progenitor of the Wilson 
WILSON family of Lockport was a na- 
tive of Scotland. Little can be 
told of his early life or of his family, but the 
numerous family he founded has formed an 
association and is sending a representative to 
Scotland who will thoroughly investigate all 
sources of information and it is believed will 
clear away all uncertainty that now exists con- 
cerning his early life. Alexander Wilson, born 
in Edinburgh, Scotland, came to the American 
colonies before the revolutionary war and set- 
tled in New York City, where he became 
prominent in business and in the church. He 
was an active member of old Trinity, where 
his memory is perpetuated by a stone placed 
in the church wall. He is buried in the old 
churchyard surrounding Trinity on lower 
Broadway. Ebenezer Wilson, probably a son 
of Alexander Wilson, was vestryman of Trin- 
ity from 1797 to 1805. Alexander Wilson 
married Jane Armour and had issue. 

(II) Alexander (2), son of Alexander (i) 
and Jane (Armour) Wilson, was born in New 
York City, March 25, 1764, died September 29, 
1848. He removed from New York City and 
settled on a farm in the town of Ballston, Sara- 

toga county, and in 1838 removed to the town 
of Wilson, Niagara county, New York, where 
he died. He married, in Saratoga county, May 
* 4, 1797, Eunice Seeley, bom May 4, 1780, died 
at Wilson, New York, September 10, 1855. 
Children: i. Cynthia', married Philo Chamber- 
lain. 2. Stephen, of further mention. 3. Ruth, 
married Louis Meade. 4. Jane, married He- 
man Hammond. 5. Sarah Ann, married Ira 
Wilcox.' 6. William Armour, born in Ballston, 
New York, April 21, 1808; married (first) 
Almira Tappari; (second) Mary Sincil. 7. 
Charlotte, married Henry Meade. 

(Ill) Stephen, son of Alexander (2) and 
Eunice (Seeley) Wilson, was born in Sara- 
toga county, New York, town of Ballston, Sep- 
tember 23, 1800, died in the town of Newfane^ 
Niagara county, New York, September 7, 
1 881. He was educated in the public schools 
of Saratoga county, where he remained en- 
gaged as a farmer until 1825, when he re- 
moved to Niagara county, settling first in the 
town of Somerset, later in the town of Wil- 
son, then making permanent settlement in 
Newfane, where he purchased the Albright 
farn]. This he cultivated until his death in 
1881. He was an active member of the Meth- 
odist Episcopal church of Wilson, and politi- 
cally a Democrat. He was a man of tntrgy, 
2L good neighbor, and thoroughly reliable in 
all his ways. He married March, 6, 1824. 
Eleanor Pease Seeley, born in the town of 
Ovid, Seneca county. New York, November 
10, 1806, died February 27, 1896. Of their 
twelve children all except Elizabeth were bom 
in Niagara county; she in Saratoga county. 
They all lived to mature years and married 
except one. i. Elizabeth, born February 25, 
1825 ; married James Chapman. 2. Matilda, 
born July 11, 1827, married Douglass Harger. 
3. John A., born December 6, 1829. 4. Char- 
lotte Arville, bom Febmary 8, 1832, married 
James Chapman, her deceased sister's hus- 
band. 5. Eunice E., bom October 31, 1834, 
married Douglass Harger, her deceased sis- 
ter's husband. 6. Harvey P., born January 
8, 1837. 7: Stephen, born April 17, 1839. 
8. Hezekiah, born March 16, 1842. 9. Mary 
W., bom April 21, 1846, married Charles 
Farnsworth. 10. May, twin of Mary W., died 
in infancy. 11. Martha H., bom May 6, 1848, 
married William T. Wilson, of Olcott, New 
York. 12. William A. (see forward). Two 
children were adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Wil- 
son and cared for as their own. 



(IV) William A., son of Stephen and Elea- 
nor Pease (Seeley) Wilson, was born on the 
old Albright farm in New fane, Niagara 
county (then the Wilson home), February* 
19, 1851. He was educated in the town schools 
and at Lockport, New York. After complet- 
ing his studies, being then nineteen years of 
age, he returned to the farm and engaged in 
agriculture. He has specialized in fruit-grow- 
ing and has extensive orchards, although 
carrying on general farming in connection 
with his specialty. HjC is a member and 
trustee of the First Congregational jChurch of 
Lockport, and in politics a Democrat. He 
married at New fane, New York, February 10, 
i886, Alice, daughter of Burdette and Hannah 
(Meade) Bateman, of Newfane. 

The earliest record of 
MANCHESTER a Manchester in the col- 
ony of Rhode Island is 
of Thomas Manchester, who was of Ports- 
mouth, who on January 24, 1655, sold twelve 
acres of land to Thomas Wood. In 1657 he 
had a grant of eight acres, and July 6, 1658, 
sold Richard Sisson one three-hundredth, part 
of the Conanicut and Dutch Islands. June 7, 
1686, he deeded his son John "for divers good 
causes and considerations," his mansion house 
and all lands in Portsmouth, "excepting the 
small piece at the lower end of the grounds in 
possession of son Thomas.'' He died in 1691. 
He married Margaret, died 1693, daughter of 
John Wood, of Portsmouth. Children: i. 
Thomas, died 1718, was a blacksmith; married 
Mary and had a son John. 2. Wil- 
liam, born 1654, died 17 18; he was a resident 
of Portsmouth and Tiverton, Rhode Island. 
He married Mary, died 17 16, daughter of John 
and Mary (Borden) Cook; his will proved 
November 3, 1718, disposed of an estate val- 
ued at one thousand, five hundred and eighty- 
six pounds. Children : John, William, Mary, 
Sarah, Deborah, Elizabeth, Margaret, Amey, 
Susanna, Rebecca and Thomas. 3. John (see 
forward). 4. George, freeman in 1680. 5. 
Stephen, died 17 19; was of Portsmouth and 
Tiverton, Rhode Island; married (first) Sep- 
tember 13, 1684, Elizabeth Woodell, died 1607, 
daughter of Gershom and Mary (Tripp) 
Woodell. Children: Gershom and Ruth, bom 
May 27, 1692. Married (second) Damaris 
, no issue. 6. Job, died 1713; mar- 
ried Hannah ; he was of Dartmouth, 

Massachusetts ; son Stephen. 7. Mary. 8. 

(II) John, son of Thomas and Margaret 
(Wood) Manchester, was bom about 1656, 
died 1708. He was made a freeman of Ports- 
mouth, 1677. Inherited land of his father, 
which later he sold to his brother Thomas. 
His will, proved November 29, 1708, men- 
tions daughters Elizabeth, Mary, Margaret, 
and son John; appoints brother-in-law, 
Thomas Grennell, to be guardian of the lat- 
ter; no wife mentioned in the will. 

(III) John (2), son of John (i) Manches- 
ter, was a minor at the time of his father's 
death in 1708. He removed to Tiverton, 
Rhode Island, where his marriage is recorded. 
He married, March 22, 1719, Phebe Gray. Cere- 
mony perfonned by Thomas Church, justice 
of the peace. Children: William, born Feb- 
ruary 9, 1720; Philip, February 11, 1722; John 
(3), died young; Mary, January 23, 1726; 
John (4), April 17, 1728; Isaac (see for- 

(IV) Isaac, son of John (2) and Phebe 
(Gray) Manchester, was born June 27, 1731. 
at Tiverton, Rhode Island. He married, No- 
vember I, 1750, at that place, Abigail Brown; 
ceremony performed by Restoome San ford, 
justice of the peace. Children : Philip, bom 
August 23, 1751 ; Sarah, August 4, 1756; Isaac, 
April 5, 1759; Abraham, see forward; John, 
July 10, 1764; Phebe, August 22, 1766; Abi- 
gail, February 9, 1769. 

(V) Abraham, son of Isaac and Abigail 
(Brown) Manchester, was born in Tiverton, 
Rliode Island, August 8, 1761. In 1794 he 
settled in Broadalbin, Fulton county. New 
York, where he died in 1862. He married 
Charlotte Durfee, daughter of Thomas Dur- 
fee, of Tiverton, Rhode Island, a soldier of 
the revolutionary war ; she died in Broadalbin, 
New York, in 1849. Children: i. John, born 
in Tiverton, 1794, died 1875 '" Michigan ; mar- 
ried Phoebe Truman. 2. Samuel, born in 
Broadalbin, 1796, died in Preble, Portland 
county. New York, 1875. 3- Clara, born in 
Broadalbin, 1797, dietl at Middleport, 1882. 
4. Archer, see forward. 5. Lydia, horn in 
Broadalbin, 1802, died in the town of Royal- 
ton, Niagara county, 1866; married Ira 
Weatherbee. 6. Eliza, died about 1835 ; mar- 
ried Ammon Blair, died at Shelly Centre, 
Niagara county. New York. 7. Peace, mar- 
ried Isaac Weatherbee; died i860. 8. Hardy, 



born September 23, 1809, died in the town of 
Hartland, 1894. 9. Abraham, bom 1821, died 
1899, at Syracuse, New York. 

(VI) Archer, fourth child of Abraham 
and Charlotte (Durfee) Manchester, was born 
at Broadalbin, December 28, 1799, died in the 
town of Royalton, November 26, 1872. He 
was a farmer of Broadalbin, and several times 
made the journey on foot from Broadalbin to 
Royalton to buy cattle, which he drove back. 
In 1825 he purchased a farm of one hundred 
and twenty acres, of the Holland Patent Com- 
pany, on what is now called Griswold street, 
town of Royalton. He cleared his own land 
and was a successful farmer. He was highly 
respected in his town. He was charitable and 
a man of good influence. He was elected to be 
assessor and highway commissioner. In pol- 
itics he was an old-fashioned Clay Whig, and 
when the party broke up he said he had no party. 
He married, March 27, 1827, Delilah Briggs, 
bom in the town of Brutus, Cayuga county. 
New York, January 14, 1810, died February 
10. 1 888, at Middleport, daughter of Pardon 
and Betsey (Cook) Briggs. Pardon Briggs 
was the son of John Briggs, who came from 
X'ermont. Children of Archer and Delilah 
Manchester: i. Zilpha, born October 11, 1828; 
married Ira Todd, of Monroe county, now liv- 
ing. 2. Betsey Clara, see forward. 3. An- 
geline R., born September 23, 1835; married 
VVilliam Todd, now living at Willard, New 
York. 4. Alzina, born February 7, 1838, died 
1862; married James Butterfields and settled 
in Indiana, where she died. Children were all 
bom in the town of Royalton, Niagara county. 

(VII) Betsey Qara, daughter of Archer 
and Delilah (Briggs) Manchester, was born 
in the town of Royalton, Niagaia county, New 
York, March 31, 1833. She resided upon the 
home farm until two years after her father's 
death in 1872, when with her mother she re- 
moved to Middleport, where they have since 
resided. She is a member of the Middleport 
Universalist church, with which she has been 
actively connected for the past thirty years. 

The Parkers came originally 
PARKER from England, settling in the 

American colonies at an early 
(lay. As a family they are numerous and 
widely dispersed over the entire union. The 
name is a distinguished one in the history of 
our country not only for the frequency of its 
mention, but for the merit of the deeds of the 

men bearing it. The new family herein re- 
corded spring from the early emigrant, Abra- 
ham Parker, of Massachusetts, through the 
Vermont branch. Silas Parker, a native of 
Vermont, settled in New York at Arcade, 
Wyoming county. He had a family of eleven 
boys and three girls. His wife was Abigail 
Foster; their Vermont home Cavendish. Two 
of their children were born there, the others 
in Arcade, where Silas was the first merchant 
and leading man of the town. For thirty 
years he was justice of the peace, doing the 
legal business of the town; was also super- 
visor of Wyoming county. His fourteen chil- 
dren all survived him. 

(II) Chauncey A. Parker, son of the Ver- 
mont emigrant, was born January 9, 1828, died 
November 13, 1866. He grew up on the farm 
in Arcade, New York, and obtained a good 
education. He taught school for several terms, 
then purchased land and began farming. Later 
he removed to Machias, Cattaraugus county, 
New York, as did others of his family. For a 
short time he was in Kentucky and on his re- 
turn settled in Little Valley. September 30, 
1861, he enlisted in Company B, Ninth Regi- 
ment, New York Cavalry. He was mustered 
in as sergeant of Company B, October 15, 
1 86 1, to serve three years; was promoted bat- 
talion sergeant major December i, 1861 ; mus- 
tered in as second lieutenant of Company M 
(same regiment), commission to date Septem- 
ber 15, 1862; commissioned second lieutenant 
September 29, 1862; commissioned first lieu- 
tenant and regimental adjutant Febmary 9, 
1864, with rank from October 8, 1863; mus- 
tered out at expiration of term of enlistment 
October 24, 1864, at Middleboro, Virginia. The 
Ninth was organized at Albany, but contained 
two companies from Cattaraugus county. They 
lost two hundred and twenty-three men by 
battle and disease during their three years. The 
regiment is credited with taking part in thirty- 
four engagements, among which were Second 
Bull Run, Antietam, Gettysburg, Wilderness, 
Cold Harbor, Winchester, Petersburg and 
Richmond. Lieutenant Parker won his pro- 
motion by bravery on the field of battle and 
came home broken in health, later dying from 
disease contracted in the army. His son pre- 
serves the sword he carried in battle and an- 
other that was presented to him by members 
of First Division, Second Brigade, Ambu- 
lance Corps. After his return from the war 
he engaged in the buying and selling of cattle. 



He is buried in* Little Valley, where his mem- 
ory is warmly cherished. He was a brave sol- 
dier and a good citizen. He was a member of 
the Baptist church and a Republican in poli- 

He married August 14, 1851, Sarah P. Wier, 
born August 5, 1833, died November 23, 1868, 
daughter of John Wier. Children: i. Eva 
Marie, bom January 9, 1853, ^^^^ April 7, 
1887; married June 10, 1874, Lewis Orlando 
Sweetland ; child, Lewis O., Jr., born January 
4, 1881, resides in Rochester, New York: mar- 
ried and has three children. 2. William C, 
of further mention. 3. Clara Bell, born No- 
vember 3, 1855, died March 11, 1856. 4. May 
Bell, born May i, 1859, died July 24, 1890; 
married Albert E. Wilcox, of Cuba, New 
York; child. May Bell (2). 5. John Wier, 
bom August 25, 1861, died October 7, 1861. 

(HI) William C, eldest son and second 
child of Lieutenant Chauncey A. and Sarah 
P. (Wier) Parker, was born in Machias, Cat- 
taraugus county,. New York, March 26, 1854. 
He was educated in the public schools, and in 
early life worked in a planing mill and clerked 
in a grocery store. He then learned the trade 
of tinsmith, at which he worked until 1881. 
In that year he located in Little Valley, where 
he opened a well-stocked hardware store. He 
was very successful in this venture and con- 
tinued in business until 1900^ when he sold, 
having in that time built up the largest busi- 
ness in his line in the town. He then entered 
upon a successful career as a real estate dealer, 
building and selling well-built houses. He has 
erected twenty modern residences, all of which 
found ready buyers. While practically retired 
he still indulges in an occasional land deal. He 
is vice-president of the Cattaraugus County 
Bank, treasurer of the Cemetery Association, 
superintendent of the Little Valley Water and 
Electric Company, chairman of the Board of 
Trade, an exempt fireman, having held all the 
offices of the fire department. He is a Repub- 
lican in politics and has served two terms as 
village president. He is a member of the Con- 
gregational church, which he serves as deacon. 
Mr. Parker is a thorough man of business and 
held in the highest regard by his associates. 
,He married June 19, 1878, Ida L. Kidder, 
born September 11, 1855, died April 13, 1910, 
eldest daughter of Samuel and Eleanor A. 
(Partridge) Kidder, and grandaughter of 
Ezbai Kidder. Children of Samuel and Elea- 
nor A. Kidder: Ida L., Willard H., Henry E., 

Dora L., Mary L., Samuel P., George C, Jay 
and Fanny E. Children of William C. and Ida 
L. Parker; Harold Willis, born March 3, 
1895, died March 18, 1895; Marjorie Frances, 
bom November 7, 1897. 

The name Hale, under the differ- 
HALE ent forms of de la Hale, Hales and 

Hale, has been abundant in Hert- 
fordshire, England, since the early part of the 
thirteenth century. No evidence shows that 
any of the name were above the rank of yeo- 
man before 1560. The name also prevailed 
and is still found in a dozen other counties of 
England. Of the Hales in Gloucestershire, to 
which the illustrious Sir Matthew Hale be- 
longed. Chief Justice Atkyns says, in his his- 
tory of that county : "The family of Hale has 
been of ancient standing in this county and 
always esteemed for their probity and charity." 
Within the first fifty years after the settlement 
of Massachusetts Bay at least eight emigrants 
of the name of Hale settled in that colony and 
in Connecticut, descendants of five of whom 
are traced to the present day. There is no evi- 
dence that any of them were of kin to Thomas 
Hale, of Newbury, the emigrant ancestor of 
the Hales of Maine, and of perhaps the largest 
branch of the family. The name was also 
found among the early settlers of Virginia 
and Maryland. In New England the name 
has been brought into especial prominence by 
Nathan Hale, the youthful patriot who re- 
gretted^ "that he had only one life to give for 
his country;" by John P. Hale, the distin- 
guished statesman from New Hampshire, and 
Senator Eugene Hale, of Maine. The branch 
now located at Jamestown, New York, descend 
from Massachusetts ancestors and probably 
from Thomas, of Newbury, although the con- 
nection cannot be established from present 
records. The earliest progenitor of record is Al- 
fred Hale, who was born in Conway, Massa- 
chusetts, and removed to Pittsfield, Massachu- 
setts, where he is buried. He died August, 
18 1 7. He married Lucy Ensign, born May 16, 
1781, died in Pittsfield, Massachusetts Sei>- 
tember, 1816. Two children: Elijah Ensign, 
of further mention; Sarah Elmira, wife of 
Oliver Arms, born April, 1807. Mrs. Lucy 
Hale was the daughter of Captain Elijah En- 
sign (the first white child born in the town of 

(II) Elijah Ensign, son of Alfred and 
Lucy (Ensign) Hale, was bom at Pittsfield, 




Massachusetts, October 26, 1805, died in 
Chautauqua county, New York, October 11, 
1898. He was left an orphan, and at the age 
of fourteen years was apprenticed to a black- 
smith in the town of Hancock, Massachusetts. 
Here he learned his trade and worked until 
his marriage, perhaps continuing until his re- 
moval in 1830 to Chautauqua county. New 
York. He settled first in Fluvanna, New 
York, where he built a shop and followed 
blacksmithing in all its branches, also making 
mowing scythes and knives of various kinds. 
He had a good business for he was a wonder- 
fully expert worker in metal, one of the very 
best in his line. After two years at Fluvanna 
he removed to the town of EUery, where he 
purchased land, erected his shop and contin- 
ued smithing. He invented and built a ma- 
chine for drawing stumps, these being the first 
ever used in the county. He was a genius in 
many ways, and a favorite remark of his was 
that he "could do anjrthing." He was active 
in church affairs, belonging to the Christian 
church. In politics he was an "old line" Whig. 
While in Massachusetts he belonged to the 
state militia and held the rank of lieutenant, 
commissioned by Governor Levi Lincoln in 

He left some recollections of his family 
written at the age of eighty-seven : 

I think Grandfather Hale lived at Conway, Massa- 
chusetts, but I never saw either him or grandmother, 
neither do I recollect ever hearing their names. 
After my parents died I lived with and near my 
mother's relatives, until I was fourteen, then went to 
learn the blacksmith's trade at Hancock. When I 
was seventeen I went to Conway to see my father's 
relatives. Grandfather had four sons and three 
daughters. One son was married, and lived in Mont- 
pelier, Vermont; Calvin Hale (another son) lived in 
Greenfield, Massachusetts; one daughter married a 
Wilcox, and lived in Sandisfield, Connecticut ; Aaron 
married, and lived in Conway, also two of the daugh- 
ters; one married a Bartlett, one a Huxford. All 
had families, when I was there. Aaron Hale's fam- 
ily went to Lyons, New York state. The other son, 
Alfred, was a shoemaker, and went to Pittsfield, 
where he married Lucy Ensign. 

Elijah Ensign Hale married in Hancock, 
Massachusetts, Eliza Ann Acocks, born June 
9, 1810, died December 29, 1893, (See 
Acocks.) Children: i. William Franklin, of 
whom further. 2. Milton Alfred, now a 
farmer of Ellery, Chautauqua county. New 
York; married Ariet Arnold; children, Ellen 
and William F. 

(HI) William Franklin, eldest son of 

II— w 

Elijah E. and Eliza A. (Acocks) Hale, was 
born in Hancock, Massachusetts, July 15, 
1827. When he was four years of age his 
parents removed to Chautauqua county, where 
his life has since been spent. He was educated 
in the public schools, graduating from the 
Jamestown Academy, then teaching for ten 
years. He also learned the tanner's trade. He, 
however, spent most of his active years en- 
gaged in agriculture, owning the original 
homestead farm, and another of one hundred 
acres, which he purchased, lying along Chau- 
tauqua Lake, in the town of Ellery. in 1909 
he retired from farming, purchased a home 
on Allen street, in Jamestown, to which he re- 
moved in December of that year, and where 
he has since resided. He is an active member 
of the Christian church, to whose interests he 
has been devoted from early manhood. He is 
a Republican in politics and has served as 
school trustee. He has spent an active, useful 
life, and now enjoys the result of his years of 

He married, May 25, 1853, Mary Ann StiK 
son, born in Jamestown, daughter of Benoni 
Stilson. Children: i. Alfred Ensign, of whom 
further. 2. George Francis, married Minnie 
Prosser (now deceased), and is now a resi- 
dent of Minneapolis, Minnesota. He received 
a thorough education, and for twenty years 
was an instructor in the Jamestown high 
school, now occupying a similar position in the 
Minneapolis high school. In 1887 he enlisted 
in the Fenton Guards, was promoted corporal 
February, 1893; sergeant April 4, 1896; during 
the Spanish-American war he was sergeant of 
Company E, Sixty-fifth Regiment New York 
Volunteer Infantry ; was honorably discharged 
November 19, 1898. Children : Elton E., Win- 
field S., Herbert W. and Helen M. He mar- 
ried (second) Hattie Eggleston, of Sumner, 
Iowa. 3. Herbert Clinton, now superintendent 
of Bayfield Transfer Railroad Company, Bay- 
field, Wisconsin. Previous to going west he 
had been for three years in the employ of the 
American Express Company at Jamestown. 
He married Nora Buckley. Child, Margaret. 

(IV) Alfred Ensign, eldest son of William 
Franklin and Mary Ann (Stilson) Hale, was 
born in the town of Ellery, Chautauqua county. 
New York, February 27, 1858. He attended 
the public schools and spent his boyhood days 
on the farm. His education was completed at 
Jamestown high school, from which he was 
graduated. He followed farming for two 

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years after graduation, then taught schcx)! in 
the vvinter, working at the carpenter's trade 
during the vacation months. He continued 
teaching as his profession for twelve years. 
He enlisted in the Fenton Guards (now Thir- 
teenth Separate Company, New York National 
Guard) September 26, 1891, and was promoted 
corporal November 4, 1893. H^s first military 
service was in August, 1892, when his com- 
pany was ordered to Buffalo during the rail- 
road strike of that year. He volunteered for 
service during the Spanish-American war and 
was appointed sergeant of Company E, Sixty- 
fifth Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry 
May I, 1898; promoted quartermaster ser- 
geant February, 1899. During the war his 
company was stationed at Fort Alger, Vir- 
ginia. He is still a member of his old com- 
pany. In September, 1891, Mr. Hale was ap- 
pointed state armorer at Jamestown, a position 
he yet holds. In 1891 he took up his residence 
in Jamestown, where he now resides. He is 
a member of the Methodist Episcopal church 
and a Republican. He belongs to Mt. Moriah 
Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons (which 
lodge made him a Mason, 1894) ; Western Sun 
Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, and James- 
town Commandery, Knights Templar, all of 
Jamestown. He is also a Noble of the 
Mystic Shrine, belonging to Ismailia Temple, 

He married (first) July 11, 1883, Hattie 
Jane Haskins, born April 7, 1862, died Decem- 
ber 15, 1901, daughter of Aaron and Jane 
(Simmons) Haskins. No issue. He married 
(second) January 28, 1903, Helen (Cowing) 
Bedient, born July 22, 1863, daughter of 
Charles and Nancy (Sherwin) Cowing. Child, 
Dorothy Elizabeth, born March 7, 1904. 

(The Acocks Line). 
(Recollections of Alfred Ensign Hale). 

William Acocks lived in Devonshire, Eng- 
land, with his father's family which consisted, 
I think, of seven sons and three daughters. He 
was pressed into the British service in the time 
of the American Revolution, came over in 
Burgoyne's army, remained with them until 
they surrendered and were taken to Boston 
on parole. The army being kept there for 
some time, he with his messmate, Joseph 
Bailey, from Yorkshire, England (like a good 
many others) left the British and entered the 
American service; afterward married the 
Widow Lewis. Her maiden name was Mary 

Grant, of Boston. Her father, a sea captain, 
was lost with his vessel at sea. After her 
mother's death she lived with a sister in Bos- 
ton until she married Joseph Lewis and went 
to live in Charlestown. They had two chil- 
dren : Joseph and Hannah. At the time of the 
battle of Bunker Hill, Joseph Lewis was killed 
and Charlestown was burned. She fled with 
her two children and others two miles out of 
the city, went into the cellar of a deserted 
house, not daring to make any fire or noise for 
two days. Her house and everything burned 
except a few clothes for her children which 
she tied up in a handkerchief, and a set of silver 
teaspoons she put in her bosom. She lived 
with a cousin until she married William 
Acocks. They had two children: William 
Acocks, Jr., born October 25, 1782; Thomas 
Acocks, born 1785, named for one of the un- 
cles in England. After the war they took up 
a piece of land in Charlemont, IVIassachu- 
setts, which they lost by a bad title, then came 
to Pittsfield, Massachusetts. When William, 
Jr., was fifteen years old, being a stout, healthy 
boy, he went with his father out into York 
state into the town called now Palmyra. His 
father took up a piece of land, set William, 
Jr., to digging a well preparatory to putting 
up a loghouse, while he went to chopping to 
clear a plot for wheat. In felling a tree it 
struck him on the head and broke in his skull. 
William, Jr., went half a mile for help. He 
was removed to their boarding-house, where 
trepanning was resorted to, but he died in 
forty-eight hours. After the funeral, which 
had used up their means, William went to 
work, but as soon as possible, with his knap- 
sack, started on foot for home, over two hun- 
dred miles, to carry the sad news to his mother, 
as there were not many mail routes then. 
When he reached his mother's home he had 
four cents left. That was the second time she 
had suddenly been left a widow and rather des- 
titute. William chopped cordwood that win- 
ter to help support the family, which con- 
sisted of his mother, himself and Thomas (the 
Lewis children having gone to live with friends 
in Pownal, Vermont, where Hannah married 
Mr. Crandall ; they settled in Chenango county. 
New York, raised a family and died there- 
Joseph Lewis married, lived in Pittsfield, 
Massachusetts, raised a family and died there. ) 
In the spring William went to work for Mr. 
Bagg to learn the blacksmith's trade, being 
near his mother, where he could assist her. 



When Thomas was old enough he went to 
work for Mr. Francis, in the same neighbor- 
hood, to learn the carpenter and joiner's trade. 
William, after he had learned his trade, 
worked as journeyman in Lanesboro, Massa- 
chusetts, where he married Phebe Baker in 
1805, daughter of Francis and Elizabeth Kelley 
Baker, formerly of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. 
They settled in the town of Hancock, Massa- 
chusetts. Thomas Acocks married Anna De- 
lano, of Pittsfield, settled in Hancock a few 
rods from William. Their mother lived with 
them alternate years until she died March, 
181 9, at William's, aged seventy-three years. 
In the division of her things the three sons 
each took one of the spoons she brought from 
Charlestown, sending the other three to the 
daughter, Mrs. Crandall. William Acocks 
lived in Hancock twenty-four years. Four 
children: Eliza Ann, born June 9, 1810, mar- 
ried Elijah Ensign Hale; James Lawrence, 
born March 29, 1814; Phebe Gray, bom 
August 23, 1818, died May, 1819; William 
Baker, born January 26, 1821. He carried on 
blacksmithing extensively, besides all common 
work, he made all kinds of edge tools a.nd 
plowshares and kept three fires going, and 
part of the year a man cutting and making 
nails. He was captain of a company of artil- 
lery at the time of the war in 1812, afterward 
major; was deacon of the Baptist church there 
several years. Failing in business he came to 
Fluvanna, Chautauqua county, New York, 
May, 1830. His wife Phebe died in 1831. He 
married (second) the Widow McLenathan in 
1832. She had two children: Celestia, aged 
seven, and Seth, aged four. Her maiden name 
was Lydia Caroline Kingsley. They had three 
children : Grant Adam, bom January 30, 1833 ; 
Mary Ann, born August 30, 1834; Cleveland, 
born October 9, 1836. William subsequently 
moved to Campton, Kane county, Illinois, died 
there August 10, 1857, aged seventy-seven 
years. He is buried at Canaida Corner, 

(The Ensign Line). 

Jacob Ensign died January 17, 1813, aged 
eighty-nine years. He was one of the first 
settlers of Pittsfield, Berkshire county, Massa- 
chusetts. Sarah, his wife, died January 17, 

(H) Captain Elijah, son of Jacob Ensign, 
was born June 15, 1756, died March, 1810; 
married July 9, 1780, Phebe Holt, born 
January 16, 1760, died 1850. Children: 

Lucy, married Alfred Hale; Elijah, born 
April, 1783; Phebe, May 15, 1785; John G., 
March 12, 1787; Elisha, June 17, 1789; 
Thomas, May 2*], 1790; Anna, December 9, 
1792; Betsey, October 7, 1794; Justus, Feb- 
ruary 23, 1797; Peter- G., March 20, 1801, 
died August 24, 1802. 

The records show this family 
THOMAS to be of Welsh origin, dating 

to the sixth century, the an- 
nals of Wales giving a great deal of promi- 
nence to the family in early periods. They 
were also numerous in England later, emi- 
grants from there settling in New England, 
Maryland and Virginia. They had become 
very numerous in New England at the time 
of the revolution, the rolls of Massachusetts 
alone containing the names of four hundred 
and forty-five enlisted men by name Thomas, 
who served from that state. Among them 
were seventeen by name Isaac Thomas and 
thirty-four named William Thomas. As no 
initials were used and no places of residence 
given (only places of enlistment) it is difficult 
to identify any particular Isaac Thomas from 
the Massachusetts revolutionary rolls. The 
progenitor of the family herein recorded was 
an Isaac Thomas, a revolutionary soldier who 
had a son Bastus. 

(II) Bastus Thomas was a native of Mass- 
achusetts, having a farm near Cambridge. He 
later removed to Brooklyn, New York, where 
he was a lumber dealer. He died at Frews- 
burg while on a visit to his brother Sevillian, 
who lived near Troy, at the great age of ninety 
years. Children: Frank, Potter, William Se- 
bastian, and Adaline. 

(HI) Sebastian, son of Bastus Thomas, 
was born in Massachusetts, died at 
Alameda, California, in 1881, aged about sev- 
enty-two years. When he was about twenty- 
five years of age his parents removed to 
Brooklyn, New York, where Sebastian became 
a well-known contractor and builder. He had 
learned the carpenter's trade and worked at it 
as a journeyman in Massachusetts. He ac- 
cumulated considerable property in Brooklyn 
which he exchanged for a residence in Dun- 
kirk, New York, and a farm at Oak Hill, 
Chautauqua county, consisting of fifty acres 
of improved land. He lived and carried on 
business in Dunkirk until 1877, when he re- 
moved to Alberton, California. He had al- 
ways been a student of medicine, and after 



going to California took a regular course of 
lectures, received his degree of M. D. and 
practiced until his death. He was a member 
of the Methodist Episcopal church, and at one 
time quite active in the Independent Order of 
Odd Fellows. In politics he was a Repub- 
lican. He married Lura Chamberlin, born at 
State Line, Massachusetts, October 2^, 181 1, 
died October 12, 1904. Children: Jennie, 
Charles, John, George W., Albert and Clara, 
all deceased (1911) except George W. John 
.and George W. both served in the civil war. 

(IV) George Washington, son of Dr. Se- 
bastian Thomas, was born in Brooklyn, New 
York, April 2, 1845. ^^ was educated in the 
public schools of that city and learned the car- 
penter's trade under the instruction of his 
father. He was fifteen years of age when his 
parents removed to Ehinkirk, and at the age 
of seventeen, being refused consent to enlist, 
ran away from home, and at Almond, Alle- 
gany county. New York, enlisted in Company 
C, Ninth Regiment New York Cavalry, and 
served eighteen months, received an honorable 
discharge July 5, 1865. He served in all the 
battles of the famous "Ninth" after he joined, 
some forty engagements in all, and received 
two slight wounds in battle, but otherwise es- 
caped unhurt. The Ninth Regiment was a 
part of the Army of the Potomac and shared 
in most of the great battles of the war fought 
by that army. After the war he settled in 
Brooklyn, where he learned the dyer's art. In 
1868 he settled in Jamestown, New York, and 
started a dyeing establishment, having his 
father-in-law, Septimus Perkins, as partner. 
After two years he turned the business over to 
Mr. Perkins and went to Bradford, Pennsyl- 
vania, where he was in the dyeing business five 
years. He then returned to Jamestown and 
bought back from Mr. Perkins the business he 
had established seven years before. Mr. 
Thomas continued in active control until 1909, 
when he sold to his son and retired to his 
comfortable home on Foote avenue, which he 
built in 1892. He is a member of the Grand 
Army of the Republic and has voted for every 
Republican presidential candidate since Gen- 
eral Grant, for whom he cast his first vote. 
He married October 20, 1868, at Jamestown, 
Ella Perkins, born in that city, February 20, 
1850, daughter of Septimus and Eunice 
(Crosby) Perkins. Children: i. Frank A., of 
whom further. 2. Clara B., married William 
Newton, of Jamestown, now engaged in the 

grocery business in that city. 3. Lulu Eunice, 
married Herbert L. Thomas. 

(V) Frank A., only son of George W. and 
Ella (Perkins) Thomas, was born in his pres- 
ent home, 345 Foote avenue, Jamestown, New 
York, December 16, 1871. He was educated 
in the public schools of Jamestown and the 
high school. He then, took up mechanical den- 
tistry, which he followed eight years. Being 
offered the appointment of engineer at the 
state armory in Jamestown he accepted and 
held that position fourteen years. In June, 
1909, he resigned and purchased the business 
established by his father in 1868, dyeing, dry 
cleaning, etc. He has his principal office at 
47 South Main street, and a branch in the 
Cokey building, with plant at 345 Foote 
avenue. His present home, also his birthplace, 
he purchased from his mother in 1906, it 
having been also the home of her father, 
Septimus Perkins. Mr. Thomas enlisted Jan- 
uary 9, 1 89 1, in the then Fenton Guards, now 
the Thirteenth Separate Company, or Com- 
pany E, Sixty-fifth Regiment New York Na- 
tional Guard, and for the past seven years has 
been financial secretary of the company. In 
1889 he volunteered for service in the Span- 
ish-American war, was out with his company 
for'two weeks and was then rejected for phys- 
ical disability. He is a charter member of the 
Jamestown Sons of Veterans and with his 
family attends the Methodist church. He mar- 
ried, October 18, 1893, at Jamestown, Kate L. 
Root, born in Busti, Chautauqua county, New 
York, May 21, 1867, daughter of William and 
Nancy (Draper) Root. (See Root.) She was 
educated in the Jamestown schools, and for 
several terms taught in the schools of Ellicott 
and Busti, also in the old Jackson school in 
Jamestown. For eight years after, retiring 
from teaching she was employed in the dry 
goods store of Goldstein, Duflfee & Samuels in 
Jamestown. She is a thorough business 
woman and manages the main office for her 
husband at 47 South Main street. She is a 
member of the South Side Sunshine Society 
and deeply interested in the work of that or- 
ganization. Children: CliflFord B., bom Feb- 
ruary 6, 1898, died May 13, 1898; Robert Le- 
roy, born May 25, 1901 ; Harold William, No- 
vember 28, 1905. 

(The Perkins Line). 

Ella (Perkins) Thomas is a daughter of Sep- 
timus Perkins, who died Saturday, March 10, 



1906, at the age of ninety-four years, five 
months, thirteen days. Mr. Perkins- was a re- 
markable man, possessing that sturdy physical 
nature Vhich was the natural endowment of 
the period in which he was born. On the 
morning of his death he arose as usual and 
shaved himself. At three o'clock he waved 
his hand at a friend who passed the window 
and within ten minutes prior to his death 
walked across the floor. Death came quietly 
as he sat in his chair at about 5:15 Saturday 
afternoon, probably from heart trouble, but 
naturally from a general giving away of the 
physical powers. He remarked the day be- 
fore that he was wasting away and had but a 
brief time left. He was born in Windsor, 
Broome county. New York, September 27, 
181 1, and came to Jamestown in 1837, where 
he afterward resided. At the time of his death 
he had probably lived longer in the city than 
any other resident, although others had at- 
tained greater ages. He was a hatter by trade, 
and after serving seven years as an apprentice 
conducted a business at the present site of 
Nordstrom*s jewelry store on Main street, 
where he manufactured and sold silk, fur and 
other kinds of hats for many years. He was a 
charter member of the Ellicott Hook and Lad- 
der Company and made the first hats worn by 
the company. 

Mr. Perkins married Eunice N. Crosby, of 
Brattleboro, Vermont, who lived until 1901 
after having enjoyed sixty-two years of mar- 
ried life. Two children survive: Mrs. Martha 
Root and Mrs. George Thomas, both of James- 
town, and three grandchildren: Frank, Clara 
and Lura Thomas. Mr. Perkins lived with his 
daughter, Mrs. Thomas, at 345 Foote avenue. 
He was a staunch Republican and voted for 
nineteen presidents, beginning with Andrew 
Jackson the second time he was a candidate. 
After his retirement from business he spent 
his time during the summer in raising plants 
and vegetables, deriving much pleasure from 
his garden. A Journal reporter called on him 
on his ninety-fourth birthday and found him 
a well-preserved man; During the fall he be- 
gan to decline, his walks grew shorter, and a 
week before his death he was out of the house 
for the last time, having in his walk that day 
suffered a severe attack of heart trouble. His 
parents attained long lives, and he was the 
last of the family. He was one of the first 
active members of the Jamestown Fire Com- 
pany. He was formerly actively connected 

with the Presbyterian church, although of re- 
cent years on account of difficulty in hearing 
he took no part in its affairs. Eunice N. Cros- 
by was bom June 5, 1812, at Brattleboro, Ver- 
mont, died May 21, 1901. At about twenty 
years of age she came to Jamestown where, 
September i, 1839, she was married to Sep- 
timus Perkins, with whom she lived for sixty- 
two years. They had three children, two of 
whom died in infancy, and one, Mrs. G. W. 
Thomas, is still living. 

This is one of the oldest names 
LEWIS in English history, and one of 
the most numerous and distin- 
guished in American history. It is claimed 
by many genealogists that the name was orig- 
inally spelled Louis, and was known in France 
as early as the eighth century, when that coun- 
try was a part of the Roman Empire. Geneal- 
ogists also attempt to establish the fact that all 
of the Lewis name in America descended from 
one common stock of Huguenot refugees who 
fled from France on the revocation of the 
Edict of Nantes in 1685 ; but the records show 
that in many counties of England there were 
many of the name to be found centuries be- 
fore that event, and, indeed, there were many 
of them in Virginia previous to 1685. The 
name of Louis in continental Europe and 
Lewis in England is too old and too numerous 
to be traced to a common origin. The name 
doubtless had a common origin, but it would 
be worse than useless to attempt to trace it. 
Indeed, the name Lewis is too numerous in 
America, too widely dispersed and traceable 
to too many different sources to admit of any 
"common origin" theory even here. It is as- 
serted that General Robert Lewis was the 
first of the name in America known to his- 
tory or genealogy. He was a native of 
Brecon, Wales, and came here in 1635, with his 
wife Elizabeth, sailing from Gravesend, Eng- 
land, in April of that year and settling in 
Gloucester county, Virginia. These facts are 
all denied, and even his existence is doubted. 
But the proofs are substantial, and he may be 
accepted as a fact. The records of Massa- 
chusetts Bay colony name Humphrey Lewis 
in May, 1629. William Lewis and his wife 
and only son William came to Boston in 1632 
in the ship "Lion." The family is' exceedingly 
numerous in New York, there being several 
Lewis Associations, and a periodical published 
called "The Lewis Letter." In the Mohawk 



Valley, David Lewes kept an inn near Schenec- 
tady in 1713. Lewis county, New York, is 
named in honor of Major-General Morgan 
Lewis, of French ancestry, son of Francis 
Lewis, a signer of the Declaration of Inde- 
pendence. He was a famous general of the 
revolutionary and 181 2 wars with Great Brit- 
ain and governor of New York 1804-07, de- 
feating Aaron Burr. 

(I) The Chautauqua county branch of the 
family came to New York state from Vermont, 
where Enos Lewis resided in Rutland county. 
He was bom April, 1773, died April 26, 1861, 
in his eighty-ninth year. His wife Eunice 
was bom 1772, died May 15, 1862. 

(U) Parrin, son of Enos Lewis, was born 
in Rutland county, Vermont, April 2, 1803, 
died January 29, 1890. He was well educated 
in VernK>nt and learned the cabinet-maker's 
trade. In 1832 he settled in Chautauqua 
county, New York, where he conducted a farm 
and worked at his trade. He married (first) 
October 27, 1825, Emily Francis, born Novem- 
ber 30, 1806, died November 25, 1826; (sec- 
ond) February 7, 1827, Laura Cook, born De- 
cember 8, 1803, died January 30, 1892, daugh- 
ter of Francis and Laura Cook, of Hamburg, 
Erie county, New York. Francis Cook died 
1810, leaving a widow and seven children at 
the home in Hamburg. During the war of 
1812 their home was visited by the Indians. 
Laura was sent by her mother to summon 
help, but it was not until after the burning of 
Buffalo in 1813 that the family were reunited. 
Children of Parrin and Laura (Cook) Lewis: 
I. Emily, born February 18, 1828, died Sep- 
tember 26, 1839. 2. Cherlina, March 23, 1830 ; 
married (first) Dr. John R. Bush, (second), 
William Walrodt. 3. Martha, December 20, 
1831, died September i, 1849; married Moses 
Bush. 4. Alta, September 12, 1835 ; married 
Rev. Austin D. Bush. 5. Eunice, December 

7, 1837, died October 27, 1840. 6. William 
Henry, April 2, 1840; living at Winterset, 
Iowa. 7. Parrin Francis, of whom further. 

8. Ellen, born October 24, 1846; married 
James Knapp. 9. Charles Albert, born July 
5, 1849 ; living at Freeland, Michigan. 

(Ill) Parrin Francis, son of Parrin Lewis, 
was born in Jamestown, New York, May 26, 
1844. He was educated in the public schools 
of Panama and Jamestown Academy, spend- 
ing his years of minority working, with his 
father on the farm. At the age of twenty-one 
he apprenticed himself to a tinsmith of Pan- 

ama, thoroughly learning the tinner's trade. 
He went to Columbus, Pennsylvania, after 
serving his years of apprenticeship, where for 
two years he worked at his trade and con- 
ducted a small hardware store. He sold out 
his Columbus business and located in Frews- 
burg, New York, establishing there in the 
hardware business, remaining sixteen years. 
In the fall of 1884 he sold his Frewsburg 
store, and for the next eight years was en- 
gaged in the hardware business at Russell, 
Pennsylvania. In 1893 he located in James- 
town, New York, and erected a store build- 
ing at 804 North Main street, where he has 
since been engaged in business. He has led 
an active, successful life, and is a most excel- 
lent man of business. He is a Baptist in re- 
ligion and a Republican in politics. He mar- 
ried Alcena, bom in Panama, New York, 
daughter of Ambrose Blackmer, of Panama. 
Children: Charles Francis, of whom further; 
Clinton M. 

(IV) Charles Francis, eldest son of Parrin 
Francis and Alcena (Blackmer) Lewis, was 
born at Columbus, Erie county, Pennsylvania, 
February 8, 1869. When quite small his par- 
ents removed to Frewsburg, New York, where 
he was educated in the public schools. He 
learned the trade of tinsmith under his father, 
and has followed that business up to the pres- 
ent date (iQii). In 1893 he was admitted to 
a partnership with his father who, with his 
two sons, Charles F. and Qinton M., comprise 
the firm of P. F. Lewis & Sons. Their store 
in Jamestown is one of the best equipped and 
stocked hardware establishments in Western 
New York. The partners are all capable men 
of business, conducting each department of 
their large business along the best modem 
lines. Charles F. Lewis is a member of the In- 
dependent Order of Odd Fellows, belonging to 
Mt. Tabor Lodge, and of the Knights of the 
Maccabees, of Russell, Pennsylvania. He is 
a Republican, but takes no active part in pol- 
itics. He married April 25, 1890, Margaret B. 
Briggs, bom June, 1870. daughter of Wil- 
liam and Louise (Gron) Briggs, the latter 
bom in Sweden. William Briggs (deceased) 
was a lifelong resident of Russell, Pennsyl- 
vania. He was a carpenter, and a part of his 
life was spent in rafting logs to the down-river 
mills and markets. He was a Democrat and 
very active in public affairs. His brother, 
Gerry Briggs, served in the Union army during 
the civil war. He had three children : Charles 



N., of Bradford, Pennsylvania; John E., of 
Jamestown, New York ; Margaret B., married 
Charles Francis Lewis. Their children: i. 
Josephine, born November 7, 1881, graduate 
of Jamestown high school. 2. Harry, born 
December 19, 1893. 3. Glenn, June 22, 1897, 
died young. 4. Louise, born June i, 1905. 

This is a name frequently 
NEWTON found in early New England 

annals. The probable ances- 
tor of this branch of the family is Thomas 
Newton, of Fairfield, Connecticut. There is 
no direct connection that can be traced from 
him to Major William, but descendants of 
Thomas settled in Albany county, New York, 
and it is supposed that from there they spread 
into Western New York. Thomas Newton 
was one of the four men who came to Fair- 
field in 1639 with Deputy Governor Ludlow. 
In 1644 he was elected deputy to Fairfield, 
and was chosen one of the magistrates of the 
general court. In 1650 he became involved 
with the authorities of Connecticut and was 
imprisoned, but escaped to Long Island. Being 
received and "entertained into office" by the 
Dutch of Long Island, his surrender was de- 
manded and became the subject of negotia- 
tions between the commissioner of the United 
English colonies and Governor Stuyvesant, 
which extended over several years. In 1653 he 
was "schout fiscal" (sheriff) of Middleburg, 
Long Island, and in 1655 a landowner there. 
Beyond 1656 he is not traced. He died prior 
to May 28, 1683. He married April, 1648, at 
Flushing, Joan, daughtei* of Richard Smith, 
who was ^'admitted at the towne of New Port 
since the twentieth of the third month, 1638," 
and settled at Wickford, in Narragansett about 
1638. Richard Smith was a prominent man of 
his day, according to the testimony of his 
friend Rc^er Williams. It is recorded that 
Thomas and Joan Newton were married by the 
sheriff, William Hark, against the consent of 
the bride's parents, "and without being law- 
fully authorized to do so by the supreme au- 
thority, as this is an indecent and never-heard- 
of manner of marrying." The sheriff was dis- 
missed from office, fined six hundred carolus 
guilders and the marriage was declared null 
and void. The bride and groom were fined 
three hundred guilders and ordered to have 
their marriage solemnized after three previous 
proclamations of the banns, "which was ac- 
cordingly done." The much-married couple 

had one daughter and three sons: Israel, 
James and Thomas. It is most evident that 
from one of these sons Major William New- 
ton descended. 

(I) Major William Newton was a resi- 
dent of Chautauqua county. New York, a 
farmer and lumberman, living in the locality 
now known as Ross Mills. Later he moved to 
Pennsylvania, where he purchased land, built 
a sawmill and continued his lumbering opera- 
tions at the village of Newtontown, Crawford 
county, the village taking his name. In his 
last years he returned to Chautauqua county, 
where he died. His title was probably gained 
by service in the militia. He was twice mar- 
ried, but the names of his wives have not been 
preserved in the family. He had issue by 
both: Mary and William by the first, and 
among the children by the second wife, Ed- 
mond and Amos. 

(II) Amos, son of Major William New- 
ton, was born about 1820. He lived in Elli- 
cott, Chautauqua county, in his early days, 
but accompanied his father and family to 
Pennsylvania, and lived at Newtontown, 
where he died aged forty years. He was in- 
terested in the mill and timber lands with his 
father, and after his death his family disposed 
of their share and returned to Chautauqua 
county. He was respected by all his neigh- 
bors. He married Mary Ann Ross, born 1818, 
died 1907. She was a devoted member of the 
Adventist church, and a woman of strong 
character. Children: Charles, William (de- 
ceased), Laura, Margaret (deceased), Charles 
and George R., of whom further. 

(III) George Ross, son of Amos Newton, 
was born at Hidetown, Crawford county, 
Pennsylvania, September 19, i8f>2, died May 
I, 1889, and is buried at Ross' Mills, Chautau- 
oua county. New York. He spent his early 
life at Newtontown, and was educated in the 
public school. He was sixteen years of age 
when his father died, and he then came to 
Chautauqua countv with his mother and the 
other children. They .settled at Ross' Mills 
and George completed his studies in the James- 
town high school. He became a farmer, oc- 
cupying the old dwelling for many years, later 
erecting a new house on the farm in which 
he lived until death. He was a Republican in 
politics. He was fond of his home and fam- 
ily, was a good neighbor and well liked by his 
townsmen. He was a strong advocate of the 
cause of temperance. He held merribership in 



the Ancient Order of United Workmen. He 
married April lo, 1878, at Ross* Mills, Corrie 
A. Conic,, bom at Falconer, New York, Sep- 
tember 5, 1859, daughter of David Preston 
and Sarah (Sherwin) Conic. Children: i. 
Marjory C, born August 22, 1879, graduate 
of Jamestown high school. 2. Nellie G., born 
June 5, 1882, graduate of Jamestown high 
school, and for about four years taught in 
Jamestown schools. Both daughters, with their 
mother, belong to the Methodist Episcopal 
church. 3. William, of further mention. 

(IV) William Smith, only son of George 
Ross Newton, was born at Ross* Mills, Chau- 
tauqua countv, New York, February 25, 1884. 
He was educated in the public schools of 
Jamestown, and early in life developed a 
strong business instinct. He sold papers on 
the streets when ten years of age, and at thir- 
teen was clerking in a grocery store before 
and after school hours and on Saturdays. 
After leaving school he became clerk in the 
grocery store of Ingerson Brothers, remaining 
until he embarked in business for himself. He 
formed a partnership with Frank Field, but 
after one year purchased his interest and 
has since been in business alone. His grocery 
is located on West Third street, where he has 
been in successful business since 1905. He is 
a member of the Presbyterian church, the 
Sons of Veterans, the Eagles and formerly 
of the EUicott Hook and Ladder Company. In 
politics he is a Republican. He married at 
Jamestown, October 8, 1907, Clara, daughter 
of George W. and Ella (Perkins) Thomas. 
(See Thomas family in this work.) 

(The Conic Line). 

The progenitor of this family in the United 
States was James McConic, whose father came 
from Scotland. The name was first shortened 
by omitting the "Mac," then other letters were 
dropped until the name became "Conic." 
James married Hannah (Armstrong) Scowden. 
Children: De Witt Clinton, Ephraim, David 
Preston, Julia and Jane. James McConic re- 
moved from Central New York to the town 
of Falconer, Chautauqua county, where he 
died in 1866. 

(Ill) David Preston, son of James Mc- 
Conic, was bom at Falconer, New York. He 
spent his early life on his father's farm, later 
learning the trade of carpenter and millwright. 
In 1862 he enlisted in the Seventh Company 
of Sharpshooters, One Hundred and Twelfth 

Regiment New York Volunteers, and served 
three years. After the war he returned to 
Jamestown, remaining until 1873. He then 
removed to Ross' Mills, where he died, De- 
cember 14, 1889. He was a Republican in 

He married December 24, 1856, Sarah 
Sherwin, who survives him and resides with 
her also widowed daughter, Mrs. George Ross 
Newton. Children: i. Kate E., bom Januar)* 
14, 1858, married February 21, 1877, Wil- 
liam W. Smith, and resides in Jamestown: 
children living, Leon, George and Florence, 
and Mabel (deceased), who married Frank 
Wilcox. 2. Corrie A., born September 5, 
1859, married George Ross Newton. 

This branch of the Sheldon 
SHELDON family springs from William 

Sheldon, of England, who 
settled in the state of Vermont. He married 
and had issue. 

(II) Mason, son of William Sheldon, 
was in early life a resident of Vermont, 
having been born there January 7, 1804. 
He is buried with his wife at Clear Creek, New 
York. He left Vermont in early life and set- 
tled at Farmington, Pennsylvania, where he 
followed his trade of harness-maker. In 1830 
he located in the town of Ellington, Chautau- 
qua county. Here he combined with a general 
harness store the manufacture of barrels and 
also conducted a shop for the making of cof- 
fins and cabinet-work. He prospered in busi- 
ness and became quite a wealthy man. He 
lived to a good old age and occupied one 
dwelling as a home for sixty-four years. His 
wife, Nancy McCapes, born January 20, 1805, 
died July 5, 1895. Children: Phoebe, born 
May 27, 1825, died September 22, 1830; Ma- 
tilda, October 12, 1826: William, of whom 
further; Adaline, March 26, 1830; Cyrus. 
March 6, 1832; Osman, May 31, 1834; Cor- 
delia, August 8, 1836; Frank, May 8, 1838. 
died June 12, 1840: Clark, July 20, 1842; Par- 
thenia, July 10, 1844; Mason (2), 1846: 
James, September 10, 1848; Julia, April 22, 
1840: Ida, October 16, 1852. 

(III) William (2), third child and eldest 
son of Mason and Nancy (McCapes) Shel- 
don, was born March 23, 1828, at Pine Grove, 
Pennsylvania, and died May 31, 1897. He was 
educated in the public schools, attending school 
in the winter, and at the youthful age of twelve 
years began learning the harnessmakers trade 




with his father. He became an expert work- 
man and devoted his life to the same business. 
He settled in the village of Frewsburg, Chau- 
tauqua county, and from 1850 until 1880 was 
continuously in business there, conducting a 
general harness and leather goods business, 
and was both well known and prosperous. In 
1879 he came to Jamestown, New York, where 
he engaged in the same business until about 
three years prior to his death, when he retired. 
He purchased a comfortable home at 303 West 
Fourth street, and was a highly respected, in- 
fluential citizen. During his thirty years resi- 
dence in Frewsburg he was always active in vil- 
lage affairs, serving as assessor, town clerk and 
on the excise board. He was a member of the 
Independent Order of Odd Fellows of Frews- 
burg and of the Unitarian church. Politically 
he was a Republican. 

He married Martha Jane Hiller, born at 
Jamestown, New York, December 22, 1833, 
daughter of Richard, born 1797, and Hannah 
(Garfield) Hiller, whose children were: Jed- 
ediah, Eliza, Joanna, Jonathan, born April 15, 
1832; Martha, Jane, Eliza, Jeannette, Alex- 
ander, Nicholas and Samuel. 

Mattie Jeannette, daughter of William 
and Martha J. Sheldon, was born at Frews- 
burg, Chautauqua county, New York, April 
23, 1865. She was educated at the Frews- 
burg and Jamestown schools and married 
January 24, 1884, Austin A. Jones. Chil- 
dren: William Sheldon, born August i, 1886, 
educated in Jamestown, and at the age of 
twenty-one entered the employ of the Amer- 
ican Express Company at Jamestown, and is 
now (1911) with the Adams Express Com- 
pany at Buffalo. 2. Ethel Mary, born Decem- 
ber 2, 1888, educated in music at Syracuse 
University and became a teacher of music, 
married August 4, 191 1, Oswald H. Cook and 
resides at Rochester, New York. 3. Lora 
Evelyn, born February 24, 1893, a student at 
Jamestown high school. The family reside at 
303 West Fourth street, Jamestown, the Shel- 
don homestead. 

The small parish of 
KELLEY-CARTER Kelly, in Devon- 
shire, England, has 
given name to or taken name from a family 
which has there held its manorial seat for 
many centuries and "whose members," says 
Burke, "may look back beyond the conquest 
and derive themselves from the ancient Brit- 

ons." Mr. Shirley says the manor and ad- 
vowson have been in the family at least from 
the time of Henry H. Branches divergent at 
various times from this old family seated them- 
selves at Exeter and other places in Devon- 
shire, and doubtless gave their share of emi- 
grants to the new world. The name of the 
parish and family was anciently spelled Kel- 
leigh, but became Kelly before this latter form 
was known elsewhere. A Norman origin has 
also been claimed for Kelly as an English 
name. The "New England Historic and Gen- 
ealogical Register," Volume 11, Number i, 
gives a reprint of one of the four existing 
copies of the Roll of Battle Abbey. This re- 
print contains the name of Le Sire de Cailly. 
In a foot note is the remark that this is the 
name, Kelley or Kelly, which is found in a 
great many spellings. The descent from Le 
Sire de Cailly marked out by the law of primo- 
geniture is given under the name Cayley in 
Burke's "Encyclopedia of Heraldry." In Ire- 
land, Kelly has for centuries been one of the 
most common of surnames. Originally it was 
Ceallach, which is the Irish language signified 
strife, war. It was taken as the personal ap- 
pellation of a certain warrior who lived in one 
of the earlier centuries. "A quo," says the 
Irish genealogist, the "surname of Kelley." 
The pedigree of this line is traced by anti- 
quaries of Ireland in their way back through 
sixty-five generations to Heremon, 

The probabilities favor the assumption that 
the first John Kelly, of Newbury, Massachu- 
setts, descended from some branch of the Dev- 
onshire (England) branch. The shorter form 
of the word was used by his descendants for 
more than a century, although it has been 
written and spelled since in every conceivable 
way, Kelley seldom appearing until its adop- 
tion by individual members of the Newbury 
family. John Kelly, one of the early settlers 
of Newbury, Massachusetts, is said to have 
come to that town from Newbury, England, in 
1635. He had land granted him but did not 
build his house on the grants. When he built 
his house he located it at a considerable dis- 
tance from the little settlement, which was 
considered so daring a thing to do that his 
fellow townsmen remonstrated in the form of 
a vote of the town, declaring that if he should 
lose his life in consequence of his temerity "his 
blood should be upon his own head." He died 
December 28, 1644. His wife's name is not 
known, but he had a daughter Sarah, and a son 



John, horn July 2, 1642, married May 25, 1663, 
Sarah, daughter of Deacon Richard Knight. 
He was a farmer and loyal supporter of the 
church. It is from him and six sons that the 
latter day family in Northboro, Massachu- 
setts, sprung. 

(I) Joel Kelley, a descendant of John, of 
Newbury, was a resident of Northboro. Mass- 
achusetts. He married a Miss Southworth, 
and with her is buried in the Northboro bury- 
ing ground. Children : John, lived in Spring- 
field and Worcester, Massachusetts, dying at 
the latter place; Joel (2), of further mention; 
Nathaniel, bom and died in Northboro, where 
his life was spent ; Eliza, married a Mr. Kayes, 
of Northboro. 

(II) Joel (2), son of Joel (i), and 

(Southworth) Kelley, was born at Northboro, 
Massachusetts, September, 1812, died in Lx)ck- 
port. New York, 1886. He was educated in 
the Northboro schools, and learned the trade 
of boot and shoemaker. He left his native 
state and settled at Geneva, New York, where 
he followed his trade, later removing to Com- 
ing, New York. Here he became interested 
in local political affairs and held several offices. 
He there abandoned his trade and engaged in 
railroading for several years. He ended his 
days with his daughter Marion in Lockport. 
He married (first) Nancy Nichols, born 1817, 
died 1840, of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. 
Child: I. Marion B., of further mention. He 
married (second) Elizabeth Norris, of Geneva, 
New York. Children : 2. Nancy Augusta, mar- 
ried James Allen, of Rochester, New York. 
3. Andrew Burnside, a veteran of the civil war, 
and one of the first volunteers of the Twenty- 
third New York Regiment. 4, Ella, married 
Henry Lacey. 5. Edward Everett. 6. Ada 
Elizabeth, twin of Edward E., married Will- 
iam Furay, now of Los Angeles, California. 

(III) Marion B., only child of Joel (2) and 
his first wife, Nancy (Nichols) Kelley, was 
born in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, in 1840; 
educated in the public schools of Coming, New 
York; married in that city (first), February 
S, 1862, Marshall G. Burton, born at Pratts- 
burg, New York, February 21, 1834, died at 
Lockport, New York, in 1888. He began his 
railroad life on the Rochester & Coming branch 
of the Erie railroad in 1853, ^^s engineer on 
the Blossburg & Pennsylvania railroad in 1864- 
65, was employed as engineer by the govern- 
ment on the Chattanooga & Nashville railroad, 
and on a steamer on the Tennessee river. In 

1866 he began work on the New York & Erie 
railroad, and was in the employ of this com- 
pany as engineer until June 10, 1887, during 
which time he was transferred from the main 
line and various branches of the road, and was 
assigned the first passenger train on the Lock- 
port branch when the road was opened between 
Lockport and Buffalo, September 15, 1879. He 
took charge of the Cincinnati, Hamilton & 
Dayton railroad round house at Dayton, Ohio, 
March 5, 1888, and in July following was 
given an engine and route running from Lima 
to Dayton and from Dayton to Toledo. As a 
railroad employee he was popular with his 
associates, and a steadfast friend to all who 
were true to him. He was a member of the 
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers from 
the time of its organization until his death. He 
was a member of Cataract Lodge, No. 54. 
Niagara Union Encampment, No. 19, Canton 
Niagara, No. 7, Myrtle Rebekah Lodge, No. 
84, all of the Independent Order of Odd Fel- 
lows; member of Niagara Lodge, No. 375. 
Free and Accepted Masons, and John Hodge 
Lodge, No. 69, Ancient Order of United 

Marion B. (Kelley) Burton married 
(second), January 24, 1896, Charles Car- 
ter, of Lockport, born in Amesbury. 
Massachusetts, January 9, 1827, died March 
13* 1899, at Lockport, son of Joshua 
B. and Sarah C. (Hook) Carter. Joshua 
B. Carter was born December 8, 1802, at Salis- 
bury, Massachusetts, and died December 10, 
1864, at Chelsea, Massachusetts. His wife 
was bom September 9, 1804, at Poplin, New 
Hampshire (now called Fremont), died May 
18, 1882, at Chelsea, Massachusetts. Children: 
I. Ruth B., bom January 16, 1824, in Poplin, 
New Hampshire, died May 31, 1885, in New- 
ton, New Hampshire: married Clifton A. 
Blanchard, born 1827, died 1879; child, Flor- 
ence S., born 1856, died 1857. 2. Charles, born 
January 9, 1827, in Amesbury, Massachusetts, 
died March 13. 1899, in Lockport, New York. 
3. Sarah H., born May 31, 1829, in Amesbury, 
Massachusetts, died July 26, 1831, in Ames- 
bury, Massachusetts. 4. George H., bom De- 
cember 24, 1833, in Danvers, Massachusetts, 
died September 21, 185 1, in Boston, Massa- 
chusetts. 5. Sarah H., bom April 16, 1836, in 
Danvers, Massachusetts, died May 2, 1841, in 
Boston, Massachusetts. 6. Henry W., born 
November 3, 1842, in Boston, Massachusetts. 
7. William R., born Febmary 24, 1846, in Bos- 






ton, Massachusetts, died January 15, 1880, in 
Buffalo, New York. 

Jacob Hook, father of Sarah C. (Hook) 
Carter, was born January 25, 1774, in Poplin, 
New Hampshire, died there March 3, 1834. 
His wife, Sarah B. Hook, was born January 
29, 1777, in Salisbury, New Hampshire, died 
August 27, 1837, in Poplin, New Hampshire 
Children: Enoch B., born November 24, 1800, 
in Poplin, died there October 23, 1840; Sarah 
C, above-mentioned as the wife of Joshua B. 

Charles Carter was reared and educated in 
Chelsea, and was all his active years engaged 
in railroad work. He was engineer and con- 
ductor on the New York Central & Rome, 
Watertown & Ogdensburg railroads, and from 
1867 until 1875 w^s station agent of the New 
York Central railroad at Suspension Bridge, 
Niagara Falls; from that time he practically 
lived retired. Mrs. Carter survives her sec- 
ond husband, and has spent an active useful 
life. She has been and is closely identified 
with the woman's branch of the Independent 
Order of Odd Fellows, and with the charitable 
work of that noble order. She is a member of 
Myrtle Lodge, Daughters of Rebekah, and has 
passed all the chairs of that lodge. She is also 
affiliated with the Daughters of America, and 
has served in all the chairs of that lodge. She 
was one of the lady managers of the Odd 
Fellows Home, and is a member of the Lock- 
port City Hospital Association. She is a 
woman of charitable and benevolent impulse, 
and contributes liberally to the support and 
upbuilding of the institutions in which she is 
interested. Her residence is 86 Park avenue, 
Lockport. New York. 

The Derbys of Jamestown, New 
DERBY York, trace descent from Phin- 
eas Derby, of England, who 
came to the American colonies and settled in 
Vermont prior to the revolutionary war. He 
was a prosperous farmer and held political 
office in his state. He enlisted in the Conti- 
nental army and rendered good service. He 
married, and had issue, including a son 

(H) Joseph, son of Phineas Derby, was 
bom in Vermont and died in Warren county, 
Pennsylvania, March 14, 1837. He remained 
in Vermont until he reached man's estate, 
then moved to* Genesee county, New York, 

where he married. After a few years spent 
in New York state he moved to Warren 
county, Pennsylvania, where he followed his 
trade of stone mason in connection with farm- 
ing. He married Elizabeth, daughter of R. 
Kenyon, born in Rhode Island, but an early 
settler in Genesee county, living near the vil- 
lage of Batavia. Children of Joseph and Eliz- 
abeth Derby: Sylvanus, died i88(S; John K., 
of whom further; Silas Stephen (q. v.) ; Wil- 
liam R., a resident of Warren, Pennsylvania, 
in 1891. 

(Ill) John K., third child of Joseph and 
Elizabeth (Kenyon) Derby, was born in the 
town of Clarkson, Monroe county, New York, 
February 9, 1816, and died in Jamestown, 
New York, October 12, 1895, and is buried 
in Lakeview cemetery. He obtained his edu- 
cation in the public schools of Clarkson, and 
on arriving at suitable age went to Rochester, 
New York, where he Teamed the painter's 
trade, following it in that city five years. In 
1836 he located in Jamestown, where for twen- 
ty-eight years he was engaged in business as 
proprietor of a paint store, carrying all lines 
connected with his trade and interior decora- 
tion. He was associated with his brother, 
Silas S. Derby, in business. The partnership 
was dissolved, and John K. began an active 
career in real estate and building operations. 
Among the many parcels of land he owned 
was the plot now occupied by the Arcade 
building. He erected many buildings in the 
city of Jamestown, and two steam yachts, with 
other craft in use on Lake Chautauqua. He 
cast his first vote for Martin Van Buren for 
president, but in later years became a Re- 
publican. He held the office of school commis- 
sioner in Jamestown, where he was held in the 
highest esteem. He was prominent and influ- 
ential in the Independent Order of Odd Fel- 
lows, belonging to Ellicott Lodge, No. 221, 
of which he was noble grand at the time of his 
death. He was a member of the Wesleyan 
Methodist church, a faith in which he was 
early instructed by his parents. He married 
(first) December 13, 1837, Ruth Smith, of 
Busti, Chautauqua county. He married (sec- 
ond) July 3, 1876, Louisa Antoinette Dill, 
born at Mt. Rose, Susquehanna county, Penn- 
sylvania, October 23, 1856, daughter of James 
Henry and Esther M. (Harding) Dill. Chil- 
dren by first marriage: i. Ammi, died aged 
thirteen months. 2. Edna, died aged twenty- 



three years; married N. A. Arnold. Child of 
second marriage: 3. J. Frederick, born May 
30, 1882, died June 19, 1892. 

James Henry Dill, father of Mrs. Louisa 
Antoinette (Dill) Derby, was born in Orange 
county, New York, about 1828, died at Bay 
City, Michigan, January 24, 1870. After the 
death of his father, his mother married Rev. 
Hamilton McCarter, a minister of the Meth- 
odist Episcopal church. The mother of James 
Henry Dill was Amelia (Skinner) Dili, whose 
grandfather Skinner was a soldier of the revo- 
lution. James Henry moved to Bay City, 
Michigan, where at the time of his death he 
was in charge of the county poor farm. He 
was an active member of the Methodist Epis- 
copal church, and was a strong advocate of 
the cause of temperance. 

He married Esther M. Harding, born in 
Orange county. New York, August 29, 1835, 
daughter of Nathaniel and Marylda (Taylor) 
Harding, now ( 191 1 ) a resident of Jamestown. 
They had two children: Charles, died aged 
twenty-three months, and Louisa Antoinette. 
The last named was educated in the schools 
of Welland, Ontario, Canada, where her 
earlier life was spent. She married John K. 
Derby, whom she survives, a resident of 
Jamestown. She is a woman of education 
and refinement, active in the work of the 
Presbyterian church and of the Daughters 
of Rebekah. 

This family has been long es- 
PEARSON tablished in Sweden, though 

less than half a century has 
elapsed since the first emigrant of the family 
came to the United States. The name is de- 
rived from Pear, a family Christian name, and 
the suffix, son. Pearls Son. Lars Eric, the 
emigrant ancestor of the Jamestown, New 
York, family herein recorded, was a son of 
Pear Lawson, a farmer and land owner of 
Sweden, where he died about 1873, ^iged sixty 
years. He served in the Swedish army, as 
did his son Pear. He was a member of the 
Lutheran church, and a man of deep religious 
convictions. He married Greta Hanson, born 
in Sweden, in 1814, died in Busti, New York, 
at the age of seventy-six years. After the 
death of her husband she came to the United 
States with her son Andrew. She was a mem- 
ber of the Swedish Mission church. Children : 
Pear (2), died young; Greta, Pear (3), Lars 

Eric, of whom further; Annie, Caroline, Jo- 
hannes, of Busti, New York; Andrew, Israel, 
August, of Jamestown; Josephine and Lena, 
who lives in New Haven, Conn. 

(H) Lars Eric, son of Pear and Greta 
(Hanson) Lawson, was born in Jemboas, 
Sweden, April 15, 1840. He took his father's 
name. Pear, and formed his surname by add- 
ing ''son," making it Pearson. He was a 
farmer of Sweden, where he married. In 
May, 1867, he came to the United States with 
his family, settling in Kane, Pennsylvania, 
where he worked for five and one-half years 
as a shophand for the Pennsylvania railroad. 
On account of the ill health of his wife the 
family returned to Sweden. After remaining 
there about one year, Lars decided to again 
come to the United States, which he <iid, leav- 
ing his family in Sweden. He again located 
in Kane, where he worked for five years, then 
returned to Sweden. His wife's health had 
so improved that on his return to the United 
States she accompanied him. He settled in 
Warren, where for twenty-eight years he re- 
mained in the employ of the state government 
at the State Insane Hospital. He helped erect 
many of the buildings and worked as a car- 
penter keeping the place in general repair. 
In 1902 he came to Chautauqua county, New 
York, settling in the town of Busti, where he 
purchased a farm of seventy-two acres, where 
he still continues his residence. He is a mem- 
ber of the Swedish Mission church and a Re- 
publican in politics. He is a highly esteemed 
citizen, holding a warm place in the regard 
of his friends. He married, in Sweden, No- 
vember 21, 1865, Anna Elizabeth Hanson, 
born in Sweden, April 8, 1838. Notwithstand- 
ing her poor health during her first residence 
in the United States, Mrs. Pearson is still 
living and in fairly good health. Children : 
I. Minnie, born 1866, died aged twenty-one 
years. 2. Emma, born 1868 (deceased) ; mar- 
ried Emil Swanson; child living, Berdina. 3. 
William, of whom further. 4. Ellen, bom 
1873, died aged fifteen years. 5. Hilda, bom 
1878, died September 9, 1898; married Carl 
Nelson ; child, Edla. 

(Ill) William, third child and eldest son of 
Lars Eric and Anna E. (Hanson) Pearson, 
was bom in Kane, Pennsylvania, April 16, 
1 87 1. His education was obtained in the pub- 
lic schools of Kane and Warren, Pennsyl- 
vania. In early life he followed farming, con- 



tinuing until he had reached the age of twen- 
ty-seven. In 1898 he located in Jamestown, 
New York, where he established a livery busi- 
ness on Brooklyn Square, where he remained 
in successful business until 1903, when he 
bought a livery business at the corner bf 
Fourth and Washington streets, of Lewis 
Ward, and sold it to H. O. Cowing four and 
one-half years later. He then purchased his 
present location, at 409 Washington street, 
where he is well established and prosperous. 
He is a member of the Swedish Mission 
church, and a Republican in politics. 

He married, March 29, 1898, Esther Hazel- 
tine, born in Chandler's Valley, Pennsylvania, 
daughter of John Hazeltine. Child : Lawrence 
William, born in Jamestown, April 8, 1900. 

The Bootey family of James- 
BOOTEY town. New York, was founded 

in the United States by Simon 
Bootey, of England, who came to this coun- 
try in 1837, accompanied by his wife, Ann 
Convoyne. They settled in Jamestown, where 
his sons, Edward R. and John, became highly 
honored and esteemed citizens. Edward R. 
was a veteran of the civil war, a lawyer of 
high repute, twice elected district attorney of 
Chautauqua county and alderman of James- 
town. He was born in that city April 16, 1839, 
died there April 27, 1900. He married Emma 
Young, of Busti; one son, Edward R. (2), 
born 1878. 

(H) John, son of Simon and Ann (Con- 
voyne) Bootey, was bom in Ely, Cambridge- 
shire, England, March 26, 1829, died in James- 
town, New York, April 7, 1889. He was eight 
years of age when his parents came to the 
United States. He was educated in the public 
schools of Jamestown and learned the trade 
of blacksmith. He followed his trade in 
Jamestown until failing health compelled him 
to relinquish it. He subsequently was restored 
to good physical condition, but never again 
followed his trade. Most of his later life was 
spent in the public service, although he was 
for a few years engaged in undertaking. He 
was poormaster of Jamestown for sixteen 
years, and for eight years superintendent of 
the poor for Chautauqua county. In his ca- 
pacity of guardian of the poor he had ample 
opportunity to gratify his natural talent and 
great skill as a nurse. He was a most dficient 
public ofHcial, and no man in Chautauqua was 

more highly esteemed. During his later years 
he assisted his son, Edward B., in his harness 
store, and looked after the books. He aided 
in the opening and development of Barrett 
avenue, purchasing two acres on the avenue 
and erecting three dwellings. His home, at 99 
Barrett avenue, was also the place of his death. 
He was a member of the Baptist church in 
earlier life, but in later years attended and 
was in sympathy with the Unitarian church. 
He was a Republican in politics. He was a 
most modest and unassuming man, ever ready 
to serve his friends in health, and in sickness to 
soothe and comfort them. He was a good 
man and had a host of warm friends. 

He married, April i, 1849, Laura Lesti^a 
Butler, born November 26, 1830, died Septem- 
ber 15, 1903, daughter of George J. and Anna 
(Hines) Butler. She was much interested in 
church and temperance work, and was a well- 
known vocalist, singing in the choirs of both 
the Baptist and Unitarian churches of James- 
town. She is buried by her husband in Lake- 
view cemetery. Children: i. Roswell J., of 
whom further. 2. Lizzie A., born May i, 
1854; graduate of Jamestown high school 
1874, and has been a teacher in the Jamestown 
schools for thirty-seven years. 3. Edward 
B., born April 25, 1861 ; harness maker and 
conducts a store for the sale of leather goods 
in Jamestown; he married Florence Stuart; 
children: John A., born June 21, 1884, died in 
infancy; Frank R., born April 20, 1886, died 
August 30, 1901. 

(HI) Roswell J., eldest son of John and 
Laura L. (Butler) Bootey, was bom in James- 
town, New York, October 12, 1850. He was 
educated in the schools of his native city and 
has passed his life largely in the same city. For 
many years he has been secretary of the Man- 
ufacturers' Association of Jamestown. 

Through both maternal and 
CHAMPLIN paternal lines the Champ- 

lins, of Little Valley, New 
York, descend in direct line from two of the 
oldest families of Rhode Island, Champlin and 

The first of the Champlin family appears in 
Rhode Island in 1638. In that year Jeffrey 
Champlin and others were admitted inhab- 
itants of the Island of Aquidneck. He was 
afterward a resident of Newport and West- 
erly, Rhode Island. In 1640 he was made a 



freeman. The same year was granted ten 
acres in Newport. In 1661 was admitted a 
freeman of Westerly. He held the office of 
moderator of town meetings, surveyor of high- 
ways, member of town council, and in 1681 
was elected deputy to the general court, and 
re-elected annually until 168(5. He died 1695. 
Where he came from, when born or whom he 
married is not shown. He had three sons: 
Jeffrey (2), William and Christopher. 

(H) Christopher, son of Jeffrey Champlin, 
was born in 1656. He was a member of the 
town council of Westerly, Rhode Island, 1693 » 
constable, 1698, and deputy, 1706-07. He died 
at Westerly, April 2, 1732. His estate consisted 
oi lands, cattle, houses, pewter, **old negro 
woman," etc. He was twice married. His 
second wife was Elizabetli, died 1722, daugh- 
ter of William Davol. Children: Christopher, 
Jeffrey, William, Joseph, John. 

(III) William, son of Christopher Champ- 
lin, was born about 1690. He lived at West- 
erly, Rhode Island, and New London, Con- 
necticut. He married Joanna . Chil- 
dren: William, John and Samuel. 

(IV) Samuel, son of William Champlin, 
was born 1724. died March 9, 1808. He mar 
ried, 1746, Hannah Gardner, of South King- 
ston, Rhode Island, born 1729, died 1806, 
daughter of Henry Gardner. Children: Han- 
nah, Martha, Mary, Henry, Samuel, Oliver. 
Abigail, Hannah. 

(V) Oliver, son of Samuel Champlin, was 
born March 17, 1761. He was a farmer of 
Montville, Connecticut, died April 13, 1830. 
He married Thankful Gavit. Children: John 
and Abby. 

(VI) John, son of Oliver Champlin, was 
born August 10, 1781, died December 29, 1841. 
He was a farmer. He married, February 11, 
1802, Sally Williams, died December 11, 1819, 
aged sixty-eight years. Children : John B., Oli- 
ver, Clarissa, Abby, Isaac S., William, Mary 

(VII) John B., son of John Champlin, was 
born March 21, 1803. He settled in Cattaraugus 
county. New York, where he married Han- 
nah Cottrell. Children: La France, Cordelia, 
Susan and John B. F. 

(VIII) John Brown Franklin, youngest 
child of John B. Champlin, was born in the 
town of Napoli, Cattaraugus county. New 
York, 1841, died 1903. He was a boy of un- 
usual mature mind and habits. After complet- 

ing his district school education he went on 
the road as traveling salesman, having pre- 
viously made trips over the mountains to Phil- 
adelphia, assisting in driving a drove of cat- 
tle and sheep to that market. In 1864 he 
started in the cutlery business in New York 
City, continuing successfully until 1880, when 
he removed his business interests to Little 
Valley, Cattaraugus county. New York, where 
he organized the company of J. B. F. Champ- 
lin & Son, built a plant and began making 
a general line of pocket cutlery, razors and 
scissors. The business grew and developed, 
and in 1886 was incorporated as the Cattar- 
augus Cutlery Company, with J. B. F. Champ- 
lin, president, and Tint, his son, treasurer. This 
company gained a secure place in the cutlery, 
market and their trade mark, an Indian sach- 
em's head, is a familiar sight in every city and 
town in the United States, Mr. Champlin was 
an Independent in politics, and while a sup- 
porter of all churches, never connected with 
any particular sect. He belonged to Ijodge 
and Chapter of the Masonic Order, in Little 
Valley, and bore an unblemished name. He 
married Mary Theresa Case (see Case VIII). 
Children: Tint, of further mention: Jessie, 
died aged five years; two others, died in in- 

(IX) Tint, son of John Brown Franklin 
and Mary Theresa (Case) Champlin, was 
born in Napoli, Cattaraugus county, New- 
York, August II, 1866. He was educated in 
the public common and high schools, finishing 
at Bryant and Stratton*s Business College, at 
Buffalo. He then entered the cwtlery plant 
with his father, thoroughly mastering every 
detail of manufacturing and selling their prod- 
ucts. He progressed in the firm and when the 
business was incorporated was chosen treas- 
urer. On the death of his father in 1903 he 
succeeded him to the presidency, and is now^ 
occupying that position. Under his manage- 
ment the company has not only continued its 
career of prosperity, but has enlarged its facil- 
ities and broadened its market until it has a 
position in the cutlery business second to no 
other company. The large fire-proof plant, 
located at Little Valley, employs constantly one 
hundred and fifty men, and is a great source 
of prosperity to the village. Mr. Champlin 
is a member of Arion Lodge, No. 812, Free 
and Accepted Masons ; Salamanca Chapter. 
No. 266, Royal Arch Masons; Salamanca 



Commandery, Knights Templar, and Ismailia 
Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, Buffalo. 
For nearly twenty years he has been a mem- 
ber of the school board of Little Valley, and 
most of this time president of the board. He 
has taken an active interest in providing the 
best educational advantages for the youth of 
his village, the board under his leadership hav- 
ing erected up-to-date brick school buildings 
that would be a credit to any much larger city. 
He married Emma Bullard, daughter of Al- 
len B. and Eliza (Guthrie) Bullard, of Sala- 
manca, New York. Children: Hazel, Francis 
and Philip. 

(The Case Line). 

William and Mary Case were residents of 
Newport, Rhode Island, where he died in 1676, 
.she in 1680. In 1655 William Case was made 
a freeman, which shows that he was ihen a 
member of the church and over twenty-one 
years of age. He owned considerable land, 
as on June 22, 1658, styling himself William 
Case, Jr., he sold to Caleb Carr, of Newport, 
all his interest in Conanicut and Dutch Island. 
In 1667-73-74-75 he was deputy to the general 
court; 1671, juryman. October 8, 1676, his 
widow and executrix, Mary Case, brought suit 
against Lawrence Turner for non-perform- 
ance of a bargain, and obtained a judgment of 
four pounds. He had sons: W^illiam, Joseph 
and James. 

(II) James, son of William and Mary Case, 
was bom about 1658. He was a resident of 
Portsmouth and Little Compton, Rhode Island. 
He is on the tax list in 1680. October 31, 
1682, he and Thomas Butts were cited before 
the court to give reason for their living at 
Puncatest without liberty to do so having been 
obtained from the government of Plymouth 
colony. January 10, 1689, he and wife Anna 
sold twelve acres in Newport. January 24, 
1689, he and wife Anna bought forty acres 
at Little Compton. Their children: Susanna, 
born May 18, 1686, and Isaac. 

(III) Isaac, son of James and Anna Case, 
was born August 19, 1688. The records are 
silent concerning the movements of Isaac Case 
and his descendants, and cannot be placed 
again until two generations later. 

(V) Isaac (2), grandson of Isaac (i) Case, 
was bom 1750-60. He married and had a son 

(VI) William, son of Isaac (2) Case, was 
bom in Rhode Island, 1796, died 1882. He 

was a blacksmith and farmer. In 1824 he set- 
tled in Washington county, New York, later 
coming to Mansfield, Cattaraugus county, 
where he purchased a tract of one hundred 
acres, to which he added two other farms of 
one hundred and ten and one hundred and 
twenty-five acres. After several years he 
sold his Cattaraugus county farm and removed 
to Sharon, Wisconsin. He remained west ten 
years, then returned to Cattaraugus county, 
dying at Little Valley. He served in the war 
of 1812. He married Sophia, daughter of 
William Blackmore. Children: Henry, Isaac, 
Job R., Charles W., Worden, John, Martin, 
Sidney, Rhoda, Nancy, Martha. 

(VII) Job R., son of William and Sophia 
(Blackmore) Case, was bora in SpaflFord, 
Washington county, New York, July 5, 1821. 
He was educated in the district schools, and 
grew up on the farm, where for several years 
he was employed by his father. He married, 
in 1843, 2i"d settled in Wisconsin, where he 
owned land, kept store and was postmaster. 
In 1850 he settled in Little Valley, New York. 
After a short stay he again went west, settling 
in Kansas, later in Nebraska. Here he was in 
business, also farmed and dealt in real estate, 
erecting eleven houses and planting seven or- 
chards. He was very successful, and on his 
final return to Cattaraugus county purchased 
three hundred acres of good timber land, clear- 
ing fifty acres the first year. He marketed the 
lumber by way of the Genesee canal. He later 
purchased tracts of one hundred and seventy- 
five, one hundred and twenty-five, one hundred 
and sixty and one hundred and fifty-six acres, 
which he sold in like quantities. During his 
career he erected thirty-five buildings and 
planted seventeen orchards. He is a man of 
strong opinions and with the courage to sup- 
port unpopular causes. He early connected 
with the movement for legal prohibition of the 
liquor traffic, sat in numerous conventions and 
gave money and time to his party's support. 
He is a total abstainer himself, never having 
used liquor or tobacco. Thirty years ago he 
espoused the cause of women's suffrage and 
lent his influence to her cause with all his 

Now, at the age of ninety, he is a wonder- 
fully preserved man, has never used glasses to 
aid his sight and bids fair to become a centen- 
arian. He married (first) Deborah Melts. 
(Children : Virginia, Mary Theresa, William, 



Eugene, Jean, Emma, Jessie, John D. and An- 
drew. He married (second) Marian Maria 
Dolbease. Children : Edwin, Agnes and Mabel. 
(VIII) Mary Theresa,, daughter of Job R. 
and Deborah (Melts) Case, married John 
Brown Franklin Champlin (see Champlin 

The Candees of the United 
CANDEE States descend from Zacheus 

Cande, who settled at an early 
date in New Haven, Connecticut, said to have 
come over in the "Mayflower." His name is 
spelled in the early records Kembee, Kambee, 
Canbee, Candee, but generally Cande. His 
marriage record is "Cambee," his wife "Bris- 
tow.'* His daughter, Rebecca, is daughter of 
*'Kembee," Zacheus is a son of "Candee," Abi- 
gail, daughter of "Cande." His children are 
generally called "Cande." His grandson, Sam- 
uel, appears in New Haven probate records as 
"Candy," which seems to be a solitary instance. 
On his tombstone in West Haven, Connecticut, 
he is called Zachariah: "Here lies ye body of 
Mr. Zachariah Cande, died 1720, aged 80 
years." By his side lies his wife: "Here lies 
ye body of Mrs. Rebekah Cande, wife of Mr. 
Zachariah Cande, died September ye 22, 1739, 
aged 91 years." This date would make him 
born 1640. He first appears in New Haven 
as marrying, December 5, 1670, Rebecca, 
daughter of Henry Bristow, or rather Bristol, 
of New Haveh. She was born February 4, 
1650, her age being a little over dated, as was 
not unusual. Zacheus Cande lived and died 
in West Haven, probably at the southeast cor- 
ner of the "green," where down to a late day 
remained the dwelling of his son Samuel. Chil- 
dren: Rebecca, born December 22, 1671 ; Han- 
nah, November 14, 1673; Zacheus, married 
Sarah. Lane; Samuel, of further mention; 
Mary, born February 18, 1680; Dsyer, Octo- 
ber 20, 1686; Abigail, April, 1689. 

There is little direct evidence as to the na- 
tional origin of the family. The general im- 
pression is that the ancestor, though undoubt- 
edly from England, was there from France, 
either himself or his ancestors, as Huguenot 

(II) Captain Samuel Candee, son of Zach- 
eus and Rebekah (Rebecca) (Bristow-Bristol) 
Cande, was born in West Haven, Connecticut, 
July 24, 1678, died there February 28, 1748-49. 
He lived all his life at the southwest corner of 

the green, his dwelling standing there until 
1877. The first entry about him in West Ha- 
ven records is in 1729, when Captain Samuel 
and Zacheus Candee, with several others, each 
gave six shillings to have the church bell rung 
at nine o'clock every night. After this his 
name appears on nearly every page. Many- 
times it was stated that "on account of the se- 
vere cold" it was voted "to adjourn the society 
meetings to Captain Candee's house." 

He gave the Congregational society the 
beautiful green where the church now stands 
for the sake of having the meeting house 
"built there instead of another part of the 
town" where many wanted it. October, 1731, 
he was lieutenant of the West Haven Militar}"^ 
Company, and shortly after was made captain. 

He married, April 28, 1703, Abigail Pineon. 
who died January 9, 1743, aged sixty-three 
years, daughter of Thomas Pineon. His es- 
tate inventoried four thousand three hundred 
and seventy pounds, a great estate for his day. 
Children: Ensign Samuel, married Mehitable 
Smith ; Thankful, bom June, 1708, died aged 
seventeen years; Abigail, died aged thirteen 
years; Gideon, born 1711; married Sarah 
Smith; Lois, married, November 20, 1743. 
John Mix; Timothy, died October 11, 1743, 
aged twenty-six years ; Caleb, of further men- 

(Ill) Caleb, youngest child and fourth scmi. 
of Captain Samuel and Abigail (Pineon) Can- 
dee, was born in West Haven, Connecticut, 
about 1722, died October 4, 1777. (There is 
conflicting evidence as to the date of his death. 
The above is said to be tombstone record). He 
settled in Oxford, Connecticut, about 1730, 
where he spent his life engaged in agriculture. 
He married, in 1742, Lois Mallory, died 1790. 
(The following is taken from the Army and 
Navy Journal March 27, 1880). "Of this mar- 
riage were born nine sons, one of whom 
reached the age of 94 years, three of them 87, 
one 86, one 83, one 76, one 70 and one 60, an 
average of a little more than 82 years. All of 
the children of Caleb were born subjects of 
Great Britain, and all of them, we believe, 
served in the revolutionary war." Children: i. 
Caleb, born 1743, died aged eighty-five years; 
married Anna Sperry; thirteen children. 2. 
David, born 1747, died aged ninety- four years ; 
married (first) Dinah Bristol; (second) Abi- 
gail Buckingham; had fifteen or sixteen chil- 
dren. 3. Gideon, born 1749, died aged sev- 



enty; married Amy Andrus (or Andrews); 
had at least seven children. 4. Timothy, born 
1751, died in Pompey, New York; unmarried, 
aged eighty-three years. 5. Samuel, born 
1754, died aged eighty-seven years; served at 
the battle of Bunker Hill, and was a revolu- 
tionary pensioner; after the war he was lieu- 
tenant and captain of the militia company, at 
Oxford, Connecticut; he married Mabel 
Bradley ; ten children. 6. Deacon Justus, born 
1756, died aged eighty-five years; married Eu- 
nice Norton ; seven children. 7. Nehemiah, of 
further mention. 8. Captain Job, born 1759, 
died aged eighty-one years ; a soldier and pen- 
sioner of the revolution ;* his monument says: 
"Captain Candee was the last survivor of nine 
brothers whose united ages were 785^ years, 
averaging 875^ years. Reader, yet a few 
years or days or months pass in silent lapse 
and time to you will be no more." He married 
Sarah Benham; seven children. 9. Daniel, 
born 1762, died aged sixty-nine years. He 
was the first postmaster of Oxford, Connecti- 
cut, and was succeeded by his nephew, David ; 
he married Lydia Wilmot; Daniel settled in 
Pompey, New York, in 1806, and died there; 
six children. 10. A child died young. 

(IV) Nehemiah, seventh son of Caleb and 
Lois (Mallory) Candee, was born in Oxford 
parish, Connecticut, April 14, 1758, died in 
Galway, Saratoga county. New York, August 
7, 1834, aged seventy-six years. In 1793 he 
settled in Galway not far from Saratoga 
Springs, New York, where he purchased and 
improved a one hundred acre farm, with good 
house, large bam, store, ashery, tannery, shoe- 
maker shop and dwellings. Here he lived the 
remainder of his days, prominent and beloved. 
He was known as "Squire Candee." He served 
in the revolution and was at Ticonderoga un- 
der General Ethan Allen. He married, De- 
cember 6, 1780, Content Woodruff, of Derby, 
Connecticut, born July 5, 1762, died Novem- 
ber 14, 1868. She was the daughter of David 
Woodruff, who died in Oxford, December 31, 
1786, aged fifty-three years, and his wife, 
Esther (Clark) Woodruff, who died July 22, 
1793- David was a son of John, son of Mat- 
thew, son of John, son of Matthew Woodruff, 
the American ancestor, of Farmington, Con- 
necticut. The children of Nehemiah Candee 
were also noted for their longevity, i. David 
W., bom December 5, 1783, in Oxford, Con- 

necticut, died in Amsterdam, New York, April 
I3i 1865 ; he settled in Galway with his father, 
later in Amsterdam, New York. He was a 
clerk, school teacher and merchant; was cap- 
tain in the war of 1812, and at the battle of 
Plattsburg; he was postmaster, justice of the 
peace and member of the New York legisla- 
ture ; he was at the time of his death the oldest 
member of the Presbyterian church of Amster- 
dam, and led the church choir for many years ; 
he married (first) Elizabeth Ostrom, grand- 
daughter of a revolutionary captain; six chil- 
dren; (second) Qiarity Ostrom; four chil- 
dren. 2. Eber, of further mention. 3. Esther, 
born June 5, 1786, died in New York City, 
February, 1878; married in Galway, New 
York, Nicholas Henry; three children. 4. 
Clark Woodruff, born October 27, 1787, died 
at Watertown, New York, March 26, 1863; 
was a surveyor; served in the war of 1812; 
married, December 31, 1812, Betsey Higby; 
six children. 5. Gilead, born September 5, 
1789, died October 11, 1793. 6. William Lea- 
vitt, bom June 9, 1791, died March 2, 1823; a 
physician ; married, in Galway, New York, De- 
siah Sprague ; five children. 7. Susan, born in 
Galway, New York (the first child of the fam- 
ily born there), December 12, 1792; married, 
September 21, 181 1, Lieutenant Innes Brom- 
ley Palmer, an officer of the war of 181 2, cap- 
tured at Fort Schlosser and held a prisoner 
until December, 1812; in 1817 this family set- 
tled in Buffalo, New York; ten children. 8. 
Gilead W., born November 5, 1794, died un- 
married, January 20, 1881, in New York City. 
9. Nehemiah, bom March 31, 1796; killed by 
the fall of a tree, August 29, 18 10, in Galway, 
New York. 10. Patty, born June 20, 1799, 
died February 12, 1849; married, March 15, 
1820, Hugh Alexander; four children. 11. 
Isaac Newton, born October 30, 1801, died in 
Peoria, Illinois, June 19, 1874; he was a Pres- 
byterian minister settled over important 
churches in Indiana and Illinois; married 
(first) January i, 1829, Hannah Shafer, died 
February 3, 1833; (second) March 5, 1835, 
Elizabeth Greene, died December 19, 1876; 
had twelve children, two only by his first wife. 
12. Morgan Lewis, born July 31, 1804, died 
August 19, i860, in Galesburg, Illinois; mar- 
ried, June 27, 1827, at Esperance, Schoharie 
county. New York, Harriet Isham. Of these 
twelve children two died young. From 1810 




to 1849 "ot a death occurred in the family. In 
1865 six of them were living at an average 
age of seventy-four years. 

(V) Eber, second child of Nehemiah and 
Content (Woodruff) Candee, was born in Ox- 
ford, Connecticut, March 5, 1785, died in Pon- 
tiac, Erie county, New York, February 8, 1875. 
He was a child when his parents removed to 
Saratoga county. New York, where he was 
educated, grew to manhood and married. He 
lived in Pompey, Onondaga county, in Caze- 
novia and Pontiac or Evans, Erie county, New 
York, removing to that county in 1837. His 
occupation was that of a carpenter and mill- 
wright, and he erected a sawmill of the old- 
fashioned sash variety on his farm (at that 
time a forest) located on the Big Sister creek, 
and for quite a number of years engaged in 
the lumber business. He attended services in 
the old Friends (Quaker) Meeting House at 
Pontiac regularly, as there, was no other church 
there, and this was the religion of his wife. 

He married, March 7, 1807, Patience Pot- 
ter, born July 15, 1786, died June 20, 1880. 
Children: i. Julia Ann, bom June 20, 1808, 
died October 23, 1848; married, December 29, 

1 83 1, . 2. Sally Gennet, born 

January 19, 1810; married, February 25, 1830, 

. 3. Nehemiah Rosalvo, born 

February 21, 1812, died July 21, 1892; he was 
engaged with his father in the lumber busi- 
ness, and opened a general store in Pontiac; 
was appointed postmaster in 1851, and served 
in that capacity until his death. He married, 
1849, Adelia Willard, born January 31, 1830, 
died April 11, 1873; children: i. Etta, born 
April 13, 1850, unmarried, resides with her 
brother, Albert Willard, in Angola, New 
York ; ii. Morgan Lewis, born April 16, 1852, 
died 1867; iii. Albert Willard, born February 
8, 1863; has been engaged in several under- 
takings, among them manufacturing and build- 
ing; during the administration of President 
Harrison was postmaster in Angola, from 1903 
to 1906 inclusive was chief clerk in the office 
of state treasurer, since which time has been 
engaged in real estate ; unmarried ; iv. Frank 
Eber, born July 20, 1869; married. 1893, 

, and resides in Angola; his 

occupation is that of commercial traveler, at 
present (1911) in the employ of H. P. Brew- 
ster, of Rochester, New York. 4. Susan Ma- 
riah, born December 13, 18 13, died December 
22, 1869. 5. Fernando Cortez, of further men- 

tion. 6. William Levet, born January 2T, 
1818, died March 2, 1823. 7. Clarisa Alta, 
born December 13, 1819, died September 19, 
1830. 8. Isaac Newton, bom April 21, 1822, 
died May 13, 1856. 9. William Henry, bom 
January 31, 1824; married, April 2, 1846, 

. 10. Charles Erwin, born 

July 19, 1826, died March 16, 1895; niarried 
(first) May 6, 1850, Emily Elizabeth Meare, 
who died August 30, 1864; (second) November 
29, 1866, Amelia S. Morrison ; he was general 
freight agent in St. i^ouis, Missouri, of the 
Toledo, Wabash and Southern railway, and 
later agent in Kansas City for the Hannibal 
and St. Joseph Railroad Company. 11. Eliza- 
beth Alta, born March 22, 1829; married Feb- 
ruary II, 1849, • 

(VI) Fernando Cortez, fifth child and sec- 
ond son of Eber and Patience (Potter) Can- 
dee, was born in Pompey, Onondago county, 
New York, P'ebruary 2, 1816, died in Buffalo, 
New York, in 1894. He was educated in the 
Pompey schools, and grew to manhood on the 
farm in his native town. He b^an his busi- 
ness life as clerk in a Buffalo grocery store, 
later clerked in a dry goods store and subse- 
quently he started in business for himself at 
72 Main street, Buffalo, dealing in hardware. 
After some years of successful business he dis- 
posed of his Buffalo interests and removed to 
New York City, where he established a p)er- 
manent and successful business as agent for 
the Buffalo Scale Company, and as manufac- 
turing ag:ent for different machines used on 
farms and plantations, corn shelters, coffee 
hullers, etc. The business prospered, and a son 
was ahnitted to partnership, the firm being 
F. C. Candee & Son, 'jj John street. New York 
City. He was an energetic, upright capable 
man of business, and a good citizen. He was 
an active Republican all his days, and in earlier 
life in Pompey held local offices. He was a 
member of the Presbyterian church and be- 
longed to the Independent Order of Odd Fel- 

He married, in 1840, Maria W. O'Brien, 
born 1816, died 1894, daughter of William J. 
and Anna (Greaves) O'Brien, both natives of 
Ireland. They came early to Pompey, New 
York, where William J. O'Brien purchased a 
tract of land and built a log cabin in which 
their daughter, Maria W., and Fernando C. 
Candee were married. William I. and Anna 
O'Brien had : Maria W., married Fernando C. 



Candee; Joseph Sinton, now ninety years of 
age, and the last survivor of his family ; he is 
a regular correspondent of the Ithaca, New 
York, papers, and a strong advocate of the sin- 
gle tax ; Thomas, Anson, Margaretta, William 
G. and Daniel. Children of Fernando C. and 
!Maria W. Candee: i. Henrietta, born July 6, 
1843 » resides in Salamanca, New York, where 
she is held in the highest esteem for her good 
deeds and gentle, womanly character. 2. 
William Eber, born October 14, 1844; mar- 
ried, October 14, 1866, Grace Coleman, born 
-August 2, 1845; children: i. Jean McGregor, 
born November 23, 1868: married, P. H. 
Bourne; two children; ii. Bertrani Coleman, 
born March 12, 1&70; married, September, 
1892, Augusta Bourne; children: Edith B., 
born September 12, 1895 ; Winifred, January, 
1910; iii. Miriam Camilla, born December 31, 
1886. 3. Margaretta J. (Jennie M.), a teacher 
for thirty-three years in the schools of New 
York City, now a resident of Salamanca, liv- 
ing with her sister, Henrietta, and joining 
with her in charitable work and holding the 
highest esteem of their large circle of warm 

Thomas Hazard, the progeni- 
HAZARD tor of the Hazard family in 

America, was born in 1610, 
died in 1680. His name is first found in Bos- 
ton, Massachusetts, in 1635. May 25, 1638, 
he was admitted freeman of Boston ; two years 
later he was admitted freeman of Portsmouth, 
Rhode Island; April 28, 1639, with eight 
others, he signed a contract preparatory to the 
settlement of Newport, Rhode Island. The 
founders and first officers of the town were: 
Nicholas Eaton, judge ; John Coggeshall, Wil- 
liam Brenton, John Clarke, Jeremy Clarke, 
Thomas Hazard and Henry Bull, elders ; Wil- 
liam Dyre, clerk. June 5, 1639, he was named 
one of the four proportioners of land in New- 
|)ort. In 1640 he was a member of the gen- 
eral court of elections. In 1665 he was for a 
short time in Newtown, Long Island. In his 
will, proved 1680, his wife Martha, whom he 
calls his "beloved yokefellow," is sole execu- 
trix, and he gives her "all moveable and un- 
moveable estate." He married (first) Martha 

, who died in 1669; (second) Martha, 

widow of Thomas Sheriff. She died 1691. 
Children; Robert, of further mention; Eliza- 
beth, married George Lawton ; Hannah, mar- 

ried Stephen Wilcox; Martha, married (first) 
Ichabod Potter; (second) Benjamin Mowry. 

(II) Robert, only son of Thomas and 
Martha Hazard, was born in either England 
or Ireland, in 1635, died at South Kingston, 
Rhode Island, 17 10. He was admitted a free- 
man of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, in 1665. 
From time to time until 1698 his name often 
appears in the colonial records as chosen to 
fill some important position. He was a large 
land owner, deeding to his children in his 
later years over one thousand acres. About 
1688 he built his mansion in Kingston, where 
he died. He married Mary Brownell, bom in 
1639, died in 1739. In an old copy of the 
Boston Gasette, dated February 12, 1739, is 
found the following notice: 

Newport, February 9, Mrs. Mary Hazard, widow 
of Mr. Robert Hazard, of South Kingston, and 
grandmother to the deceased George Hazard, Esq., 
late Deputy Governor of Rhode Island, departed this 
life the 28th day of January, last, in the Hundredth 
year of her age, who was decently interred the Wed- 
nesday, following. She had five hundred children, 
grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and left be- 
hind her, now living, two hundred and five of the 
aforesaid number. She was accounted a very useful 
Gentlewoman, both to the Poor and Rich, on many 
accounts, and particularly amongst Sick Persons, for 
her Skill and Judgment, which she did gratis. 

Children: Thomas, married Susannah 
Nichols ; George, of further mention ; Stephen 
(judge), married Elizabeth Helme; Martha, 
married Thomas Wilcox; Mary, married Ed- 
ward Wilcox ; Robert, married Amey ; 

Jeremiah, married Mary Smith ; Hannah, mar- 
ried Jeffrey Champlin. 

(III) Colonel George Hazard, son of Rob- 
ert and Mary (Brownell) Hazard, was born 
about 1663, died in 1743. He was admitted a 
freeman of the colony of Rhode Island, 1696. 
In 1 701 -02-06-07-09- 1 3 he was deputy; in 
1703-04, assistant; in 17 19 he was appointed 
lieutenant-colonel of militia for the mainland, 
and was ever after called Colonel Hazard. He 
became a large land owner and kept up a 
large establishment, owning many slaves. His 
will, proved 1743, gives large estates to his 
sons, Colonel Thomas and Oliver, his sons, 
Caleb and Governor George Hazard, having 
preceded their father to the grave. Colonel 
Hazard married Penelope Arnold, bom 
August 3, 1669, died 1742, daughter of Caleb 
and Abigail (Wilbur) Arnold, and grand- 
daughter of Governor Benedict Arnold. Chil- 



dren: Abigail, married Ebenezer Niles; Rob- 
ert, died young ; Caleb, married Abigail Gard- 
iner; George, of further mention; Thomas, 
married Alice Hull; Oliver, married Eliza- 
beth Raymond, their daughter Mercy mar- 
ried Freeman Perry; their son, Christopher 
Raymond Perry, served with distinction in the 
revolutionary war; he married Sarah Alexan- 
der, and their son, Oliver Hazard Perry, was 
the distinguished Commodore Perry who won 
undying fame by defeating the British fleet 
on Lake Erie during the war of 1812. 

(IV) Deputy Governor George (2) Haz- 
ard, son of Colonel George (i) and Penelope 
(Arnold) Hazard, was born October 9, 1700, 
died 1738. He was admitted a freeman of the 
colony in 1721; in 1729 was deputy and so 
continued for six years; in 1733 was speaker 
of the Rhode Island house of assembly, and 
in 1734 was elected deputy governor of the 
colony, was re-elected four years in succession, 
and died in office in 1738. In 1733 he bought 
of his father for one thousand pounds the 
farm then (and still) called "The Foddering 
Place." By his will Governor Hazard gave 
this house to his son, George Hazard, who 
was mayor of Newport. He married Sarah, 
daughter of James and Mary (Whipple) Car- 
der. She was born May 14, 1705, died 1738, 
a short time after her husband. Children: 
Mary, married Benjamin Peckham; George, 
married (first) Martha Watson, (second) 
Jane Tweedy; Abigail, married (first) Rev. 
Peter Bours, (second) Rev. Samuel Fayer- 
weather; Sarah, married George Watson; 
Penelope ; Carder, of further mention ; Arnold, 
married Alice Potter. All of the children 
except the last were born on the last day of 
the week. 

(V) Judge Carder Hazard, son of Deputy 
Governor George (2) and Sarah (Carder) 
Hazard, was born August 11, 1734, died No- 
vember 24, 1792. He was admitted a freeman 
at South Kingston, 1757, and from that time 
until 1787, when he was chosen chief justice 
there is scarcely a year during which he was 
not found filling some position of trust in the 
colony, as assistant, deputy or judge. His 
death was caused by a fall from a chair which 
he had mounted to take a book from the top 
of the bookcase. He was then visiting at the 
home of his son, Dr. George Hazard, and died 
there shortly after his fall. The Providence 
Gazette, December i, 1791, said: 

Last Sunday departed this life, at South Kingston, 
in the 59th year of his age. Honorable Carder Haz- 
ard, Esq., one of the judges of the superior court of 
this state. In political hfe he exhibited the honest 
citizen and upright judge. Subject to laws he rever- 
enced them, and invested with power, he executed it 
without intrigue and without a view of self interest 
In social life the goodness of his heart and the sim- 
plicity of his manners were peculiarly agreeable — ^but 
death closed his labors, and pity of that death has evi- 
denced the innocence of his life. With that of the 
public his particular friends have united their own 

• Judge Carder married (first) September 
23. 1756, Alice, daughter of Robert and Thank- 
ful (Ball) Hull. She was born September 26, 
1739, died July i, 1760. He married (second) 
March 5, 1761, Alice, daughter of Colonel 
Thomas Hazard. She died January 13, 1793. 
Children of first marriage: Robert Hull and 
Peter Bours Hazard. Children of second mar- 
riage: Thomas, married (first) a Mrs. Brown- 
ing, (second) Eliza Arnold; George, married 
(first) Sarah Gardner, (second) Mary Hox- 
sie, (third) Jane Hull; William, born March 
6, 1766; Edward, born July 7, 1768; Richard 
Ward, of further mention ; Carder, bom July 
21, 1773 ; Arnold, died unmarried ; Sarah, mar- 
ried Peter Clarke; Alice, twin of Sarah, mar- 
ried George Congdon. 

(VI) Richard Ward, son of Judge Carder 
and Alice (Hazard) Hazard, was bom No- 
vember I, 1770, died December 2, 1844. He 
was a prosperous farmer and lived and died 
on his farm at Matunuck, Rhode Island. He 
was for years an honored member of the Bap- 
tist church, and was always in his seat on 
Sunday morning, with a pew full of children. 
Late in life, when his sons were stalwart men 
and the daughters pleasant- faced women, the 
pew was always full, with the father at the 
head. His usual dress was a blue coat with 
brass buttons, but in winter he wore a long- 
brown surtout with a high collar. This dress 
gave him a distinct personality, making him 
seem like a man left over from another genera- 
tion. He was highly respected by his towns- 
men, and was a good type of the honorable, 
upright country gentleman. He married Mary, 
died September 27, 1869, daughter of Josephus 
Peckham, son of Benjamin (2), son of Ben- 
jamin (i), son of John and Mary (Clark) 
Peckham. Children: Benjamin, died in in- 
fancy ; Elizabeth, died in infancy ; Mary, mar- 
ried John Nichols ; Joseph, of further mention ; 
Daniel, unmarried; Joshua, unmarried; Alice, 





married Jonathan Allen; Hannah, married 
(first) Hezekiah Babcock, (second) Jonathan 
Allen ; Charlotte, died aged fifteen years ; Jane 
Maria, died aged five years. 

(VII) Joseph, son of Richard Ward and 
Mary (Peckham) Hazard, was born Septem- 
ber 14, 1814, died in Napoli, Cattaraugus 
county, New York, May 25, 1875. Early in 
life he removed to New York state, settling in 
Cattaraugus county, where he followed agri- 
culture. He married, January 7, 1847, Susan 
R., born in 1826, died 1904, daughter of Ben- 
jamin Congdon. Children: Mary Jane, born 
April 5, 18^, died September 11, 1848; George 
Carder, September 2, 1849, died August 12, 
1861 ; Charles Benjamin, July 24, 1852, died 
July II, 1861 ; Joseph E., of further mention; 
Daniel Arthur, of further mention ; Theodore 
Lincoln, of further mention; William Henry, 
of further mention. 

(VIII) Joseph E., son of Joseph and Susan 
R. (Congdon) Hazard, was born September 
10, 1855, in Napoli, Cattaraugus county, New 
York. He worked on the farm until aged six- 
teen years, then commenced teaching, earning 
the money to take a course at Chamberlain 
Institute, graduating with honor, class of 
1876. In 1880 he was admitted to the New 
York bar and in 1885 to the supreme court of 
the United States. In 1880 he was appointed 
acting Indian agent of New York state. For 
five years he was superintendent of the Indian 
schools of Cattaraugus and Allegany counties, 
effecting needed and lasting improvements. 
For many years he was justice of the peace. 
In 1897 he was nominated and elected sheriff 
of Cattaraugus county, making a most excel- 
lent official. He was treasurer of the Fair As- 
sociation, and active in securing water works 
for the village of Randolph. He organized 
and was manager for six years of the Elko 
Paint Company, severing this connection in 
1897. He was supervisor of Randolph, 1892- 
97, and was largely instrumental in having the 
wooden bridges of the town replaced by iron 
and steel structures. He is now a resident of 
Columbiana, Ohio. In politics he is a Repub- 
lican. He married Ada B. Snow, a graduate 
of Chamberlain Institute, class of 1875. Chil- 
dren : Mary Elizabeth and Marguerite Minnie. 

(VIII) Daniel Arthur, son of Joseph and 
Susan R. (Congdon) Hazard, was born No- 
vember 15, 1858, died March 6, 1906. He was 
a farmer of the town of Napoli. He married. 

October 8, 1879, Ida E., daughter of Eben 
Sibley ; children : Leland Arthur, George The- 
odore, Mary Ida and Robert Lincoln. 

(VIII) Theodore Lincoln, son of Joseph 
End Susan R. (Congdon) Hazard, was born 
at NapoH, New York. September 9, i860. A 
graduate of Chamberlain Institute, Randolph, 
New York, 1880; of Homoeopathic medical 
department of Michigan University at Ann 
Arbor, 1883, and Chicago Homoeopathic Med- 
ical College, 1895. He practiced in 1883-84 at 
Salamanca, New York, then for eight years 
at Anamosa, Iowa, since which time he has 
been located at Iowa City, Iowa. In 1892 he 
was appointed assistant to the chair of materia 
medica in the College of Homoeopathic Medi- 
cine, State University of Iowa, and in 1902 
was appointed lecturer in pediatrics, which 
position he still holds. He is a member of 
the American Institute of Homoeopathy, of 
the Hahnemann Medical Association, Iowa, 
and of the Central Homoeopathic Medical As- 
sociation, of Iowa, and is president of the last 
named. He is an Independent Republican in 
politics, a member of the Methodist Episcopal 
church, and of the Masonic order, including 
the Commandery, Shrine and of the Order of 
\he Eastern Star. He married (first) January 
- 3i 1883, Clara C, died June 15, 1906, daugh- 
ter of Archibald Merrill. He married (sec- 
ond) October 20, 1908, Mrs. Sara C. McCord. 
Children by first marriage: Charles Merrill, 
born December 21, 1885, M. D., iQio; Arch- 
ibald Merrill, born October 10, 1887, C. E., 
1908; Philip Lee, born December 16, 1890, 
student of civil engineering. 

(VIII) William Henry, son of Joseph and 
Susan R. (Congdon) Hazard, was born in 
NapoH, Cattaraugus county, New York, 
August 22, 1866. He attended the public 
schools of Napoli and Randolph, completing 
his education by a two years' course at Cham- 
berlain Institute. In April, 1886, he entered 
\he employ of the Salamanca National Bank 
as bookkeeper. He remained with the bank 
Iwenty-one years, holding all the intermediate 
positions until he reached that of vice-presi- 
dent. When the bank was re-organized as the 
Salamanca Trust Company he was in charge 
of the business details incidental thereto, 
and when the Trust Company was ready 
for business Mr. Hazard was chosen 
cashier, continuing until August i, 1907, 
when he resigned. In this long asso- 



ciation with the officials of both bank and 
trust company he had thoroughly established 
himself in their regard, and on leaving he was 
presented with a most appreciative set of reso- 
lutions, expressing the sentiments of his 
associates. On leaving the bank he formed 
the firm of W. H. Hazard & Company, which 
succeeded to the real estate and insurance 
business of Vreeland & Company, an agency 
founded in 1880 by Hon. Edward B. Vreeland, 
and the second of the kind established in Cat- 
taraugus county. Mr. Hazard has always 
taken an active interest in public affairs, and 
has aided in all efforts to advance the interests 
of Salamanca. He served two years in the 
village council and nine years on the board 
of education. He is a successful business man 
and deservedly popular. His business is not 
confined to local points, but is state wide. He 
handles a great deal oi outside farm and vil- 
lage property, and has built up an organiza- 
tion that transacts a large business. He is a 
director of the Salamanca Trust Company, 
vice-president of the Sterling Furniture Com- 
pany, director of the Ashworth-Odell Worsted 
Mills, secretary of the Fancher Furniture 
Company, president of the board of trade, 
president of the park commission and inter- 
ested in other village activities. He is promi- 
nent in the Masonic order, being past 
master of Cattaraugus Lodge, No. 239, 
Free and Accepted Masons; member of Sal- 
amanca Chapter, No. 266, Royal Arch Masons, 
Salamanca Commandery, No. 62, Knights 
Templar ; Ismailia Temple, Order of the Mys- 
tic Shrine, of Buffalo, and past district deputy 
grand master of the thirty-ninth Masonic dis- 
trict. He is a member of the Ccwigregational 
church, and for many years superintendent of 
the Sunday school. Politically he is a Re- 

He married (first) June 24, 1890, Emma B. 
Brown, born August 22, 1869, died August 17, 
1904, daughter of Charles D. and Addie ( Ken- 
nicott) Brown, and granddaughter of James 
Brown. He married (second) June 12, 1906, 
Elizabeth Kennicott, daughter of Robert Cul- 
ver. Child of first marriage: William Henry 
j[2), bom June I, 1897. Child of second mar- 
riage: Robert Culver, born September 
10, 1908. 

Elizabeth Kennicott (Culver) Hazard was 
bom in Boulder, Colorado, October 26, 1867, 
great-granddaughter of Noah Culver, who set- 

tled in the town of Little Valley, Cattaraugus 
county. New York, in 1823, coming from 
Chautauqua county. He had sons Noah, Eli- 
phalet and Lyman, who were well known 
among the early settlers. Lyman Culver was 
born in Livingston, Connecticut, married 
Emily Hull. Their son, Robert Culver, was 
born in Little Valley, March 6, 1830, died No- 
vember 28, 1906. He was educated in the 
public schools and Randolph Academy. He 
was a farmer, and with his father was en- 
gaged in the lumber business, rafting their 
logs down the Allegheny river to Pittsburg. 
At the age of twenty-three he engaged in 
mercantile business in Chicago, Illinois, and 
was also a member of the board of trade. In 
i860 he went to Colorado, settling at Boulder, 
where he was engaged in mining, erecting the 
first quartz mill in that district. He also was 
interested in farming and stock raising. In 
1890 he returned east and located in Baltimore, 
Maryland, where he engaged in the real es- 
tate business, and later was in the same busi- 
ness in Savannah, Georgia. He was a Repub- 
lican and a Unitarian. He .married Annie 
Kennicott, of New Albion, New York, bom 
January 31, 1835, died June 18, 1896, daugh- 
ter of John Anson Kennicott, a native of Rens- 
selaer county, New York, who settled in New 
Albion, January 12, 1821. He was the first 
town clerk, holding that office seventeen years. 
He was elected to several important offices 
in the old town of Little Valley, being justice 
of the peace for forty years. His wife was 
Sophronia Chapel. Children of Robert and 
Annie (Kennicott) Culver: Robert Lyman, 
died aged eighteen years ; Elizabeth Kennicott, 
married William H. Hazard ; John Kennicott, 
Edward Hull, died in infancy ; Mary Emily. 

While there are Searle records 
SEARLE in all the New England states 

showing the family to have been 
seated in America during the early colonial 
period, definite descent from any of them can- 
not be traced to Elisha Searle, of Madison 
county, New York. The most likely theory is 
that he was a descendant of Andrew Searle. 
of Rowley, Massachusetts, through the New 
Hampshire branch. 

(I) Elisha Searle was bom 1781, died 1852. 
He was a harness maker by trade and also en- 
gaged in farming in Madison county, New 
York. He married (first), in 1807, Lucy Wit- 



ter, bom December 28, 1765, died 1833. A 
family tradition is that both were orphans at 
the time of their marriage. She died shortly 
after their removal to Chautauqua county, New 
York. He married (second) Betsey Park. 
The children of Elisha and Lucy Searle were 
all bom in Madison county. The Chautauqua 
county home was in the town of Villenova, 
where Elisha settled in 1832, on lot twenty-two, 
and where his death occurred twenty years later. 
Children (not in order of birth) : Nelson, died 
in Madison county ; Wellington, married Azuba 
Nichols; Nathan, married Lucy Nichols and 
lived in Cattaraugus county; Frederick, mar- 
ried Lora Milliard; Tyler H. (of further men- 
tion) ; Alvira, married Benjamin Vincent; 
Emeline, married Chauncey R. Smith. 

(II) Tyler H., son of Elisha and Lucy 
(Witter) Searle, was born in Brookfield, Madi- 
son county, New York, July 29, 1822, died in 
Villenova, New York, February 6, 1904. He 
was educated in the public schools, and grew 
up on the Villenova homestead a farmer. He 
acquired ownership of the home farm and 
cultivated it all his life in connection with other 
business enterprises. For ten years he was 
superintendent in Leonard's Mills, and for six 
years was justice of the peace. He was a Re- 
publican in politics, and a man of high char- 
acter. He married Jane Ostrom. Children: 
William E. (of further mention) ; Fred, mar- 
ried Minnie Terry ; Adolphus. 

(III) William E., son of Tyler H. and Jane 
(Ostrom) Searle, was born in Villenova, Chau- 
tauqua county. New York, October 22, 1850, 
on the homestead erected by his grandfather. 
This property he now owns and will never 
allow to go out of the family, if in his power 
to prevent. He was educated in the public 
schools and Forestville Academy. For some 
time after completing his studies he taught 
school. Later he became clerk in the dry goods 
store of Amos Dow & Son, remaining four 
years. He then established a dry goods store 
in East Randolph, which he successfully oper- 
ated for eleven years, then sold out the entire 
stock, good will and fixtures. He was asso- 
ciated with M. V. Benson in organizing the 
People's State Bank of East Randolph, and in 
1890 was elected cashier of the bank, a posi- 
tion he yet fills (1911). He is a capable, trust- 
ed official, and a thoroughly posted financier. 
He is a director and treasurer of the Montreal 
River Lumber Company and interested in other 

concerns of a minor character. He is a Re- 
publican in politics. 

He married, April 19, 1877, Lelia E. Wood- 
ford. Children: i. Robert T. (of further men- 
tion). 2. Wilmah Woodford, married Walter 
L. Holdridge ; child, Helen. 3. Helen Jennette. 

(IV) Robert T., only son of William E. and 
Lelia E. (Woodford) Searle, was bom in East 
Randolph, Cattaraugus county, New York, 
January 10, 1881. After attending public school 
he entered Chamberlain Institute, graduating 
at the end of a commercial course. He then 
entered Cayuga Military Academy at Aurora, 
New York. This school was discontinued in 
February which prevented Robert T. from 
graduating the following June. He then enter- 
ed the New York Military Academy at Corn- 
wall-on-the-Hudson, remaining, however, but 
a short time.* He finished with a post-graduate 
course at Chamberlain Institute. After com- 
pleting his studies he was appointed assistant 
cashier of the People's State Bank of East 
Randolph, a position he held continuously until 
January, 191 1. The first four years he was 
constantly employed in the bank, since then as 
a supply to fill his father's place during sick- 
ness or absence from any cause. In 1903 Rob- 
ert T. purchased an interest in the Nansen 
Supply Company, at Nansen, Pennsylvania, to 
which enterprise he gave personal attention 
until called back for six months. He still re- 
tains his interest in the Nansen Company. In 
August, 1904, he become interested in the 
"Original Bath and Hotel Company," of Mt. 
Clemens, Michigan, and was for one year 
manager of the same. In August, 1905, he 
returned to Randolph and engaged with T. E. 
Adams, as clerk. February i, 1906, the T. E. 
Adams Company was incorporated with Rob- 
ert T. Searle as secretary and treasurer. He 
is also a director in the People's State Bank, 
of East Randolph. He is a member of the 
Protestant Episcopal church, and of Elm 
Creek Lodge, No. 359, Free and Accepted 
Masons. In politics he is a Republican. 

He married, June 20, 1904, Florence Crow- 
ley Adams, born May 19, 1881. Children: 
Roberta, bom May 13, 1905; William Adams, 
June 10, 1906 ; Mary Lenett, March 7, 1910. 

Whitney as a surname owes 
WHITNEY its origin to the ancient but 

obscure parish of Whitney, on 
the confines of Herefordshire, England, near 



the border of Wales. It lies in the valley Wye, 
which is here a mountain torrent subject to 
sudden and destructive rises. This circum- 
stance affords a probable explanation of its 
name, Whitney being perhaps taken from the 
Anglo-Saxon word, kwit, white, and ey, water, 
and so literally meaning white water. There 
is no record of Whitney in Herefordshire prior 
to Domesday Book, which places it in the hun- 
dred of Elsedune, and spells the name Witenie. 
The family was of consequence in England and 
bore arms: "Azure a cross chequy, or and 
sable. Crest : A bull's head couped sable, arm- 
ed argent, the points gules. Motto: Magnani- 
miter crucem sustine/* 

The earliest of this family in New England 
was Henry Whitney, born in England, about 
1620. No record of him is found prior to 
October 8, 1649, when he was associated with 
two others in buying three-fourths of William 
Salmon's land, at Hashamommock, in Southold, 
Long Island. The town records of Hunting- 
ton, Long Island, show that he was an inhabit- 
ant of that place, August 17, 1658. While at 
Huntington he built a gristmill or "corne mill" 
for Rev. William Leverich, with whom he had 
a difference over it. The evidence shows him 
to have been a frank, outspoken man, once 
fined for speaking his mind too freely before 
the court. His last appearance on Huntington 
records is January 25, 1661, as witness to a 
will. Soon after this he removed to Jamaica, 
Long Island, where he bought a home lot. His 
name appears several times on Jamaica rec- 
ords. He next appears at Norwalk, Connecti- 
cut, in 1656, on July 24, when he entered into 
a contract with the town to "make, build and 
erect a goode and sufficient grounde corne 
mill." October 11, 1669, he was one of thirty- 
three named in "a true and perfect list of all 
the freeman appertainge unto the plantation of 
Norwake." His name last appears February 
20, 1672-73. He probably died in the autumn 
of 1673. His will is dated June 5, 1672, and 
his estate inventoried at two hundred and fifty- 
five pounds. Nothing is known of his wives 
further than the second was a Widow Ketcham. 
His will mentions only a son John and "my 
beloved wife." 

(II) John, son of Henry Whitney, was 
probably born before his father went to South- 
old, as he was of full age, January 20, 1665- 
66. He settled with his father in Norwalk, 
Connecticut; followed his business of miller 
and millwright; succeeded him in the posses- 

sion of the mill and homestead, and married. 
He built a fulling mill at Norwalk, which he 
gave April 14, 1707, to his son, John (2). He 
sold his son John the gristmill. John recon- 
veyed the whole property to his father three 
days before his death (John (2) ), and a month 
later the father secured the fulling mill to the 
widow, during the minority of her son. He 
finally sold the gristmill to his son Joseph, who 
agreed to pay his father's debts and give him 
one-half of half of all the grain taken in toll 
during his father's life, "if demanded" and "to 
maintain his mother, Elizabeth Whitne (if she 
survive), honorably during her natural life, if 
she remain ye saide John Whitne's widow." 
He died in Norwalk, 1720. He married, March 
17, 1674-75, Elizabeth, daughter of Richard 
Smith. She was a member of the First Con- 
gregational Church in Norwalk, in 1725, and 
was living April 3, 1741, when her son, Joseph, 
in a codicil to his will, provided for her sup- 
port. They had eleven children : John, Joseph, 
Henry, Elizabeth, Richard, Samuel, Anne, 
Eleanor, Nathan, Sarah and Josiah. 

(III) Nathan, ninth child of John Whitney, 
was born at Norwalk, Connecticut. He mar- 
ried, about 171 5, and settled at Ridgefield, 
Connecticut, where he took the freeman's oath, 
December 9, 1728, and was living there in 
1739. There is no record of the date of death 

of Nathan or wife. He married Sarah . 

Children: i. Mary, married her cousin, Isaac 
Keeler. 2. Eliasaph, married (first) Mary 
Bishop. 3. Eliakim, married (first) Mary 
Beachgood, (second) Mary Choram. 4. Sarah. 
5. Nathan, died young. 6. Nathan. 7. Seth, a 
residence of Yorktown, Westchester county. 
New York ; his house was attacked by Tories 
during the revolution, and in its defense he 
stabbed one of the attackers in the breast with, 
an old bayonet he had mounted on a staff. In 
revenge they clubbed him over the head and left 
him for dead, but he recovered. The staff and 
bayonet are yet kept in the old house. He mar- 
ried (first) Elizabeth , (second) Anna 

Smith. 8. Josiah. 9. Jeremiah (of further 
mention). 10. Uriah, tradition says that he 
was a sailor in early life; served in the revolu- 
tion and was captured at White Plains : mar- 
ried, (first) Sarah Piatt, (second) Martha 
Piatt. II. Ann. 

(IV) Jeremiah, ninth child of Nathan Whit- 
ney, was bom at Ridgefield, Connecticut, Sep- 
tember 18, 1 73 1. He removed with. his father 
to Cortlandt's Manor, now Yorktown, West- 



Chester county, New York, as early as 1747* 
Tradition says he also resided sometime in 
Putnam county, New York, and served in the 
revolutionary war. He was a farmer, but his 
grandson, Isaac Lounsbury Whitney, says: 
"He was a Methodist preacher. I have been at 
his home a week at a time and went with him 
to church. He lived in a log house on Con- 
necticut mountain ; at that time I was six years 
of age." He is said to have had two, perhaps 
three wives, but the name of only one, Eva 
Youngs, has survived, and owes its preserva- 
tion to the fact that it was engraved on one of 
her pewter plates, which is yet preserved in the 
family. Jeremiah Whitney died in 1810. Chil- 
dren by first wife : i. Jeremiah (of further men- 
tion ) . 2. Josiah, served five years in the revo- 
lution and was wounded at Fort Montgomery ; 
married Esther Weeks. Children by second 
wife, Eva (Youngs) Whitney: 3. James. 4. 
Martha, married John Van Ness. 5. Elias, 
married Judith Wood. An obituary notice 
says : "Mr. Whitney has been married seventy 
years; was the father of ten children, the 
grandfather of forty-seven, great-grandfather 
of eighty-seven, and great-great-grandfather 
of six children." He made a profession of re- 
ligion and was baptized by immersion when 
eighty-eight years old. He died at ninety-two 
and is buried with his wife in the Baptist burial 
ground in Garden street, Poughkeepsie, New 
York. 6. Phebe, married Rev. Silas Constant, 
a Presbyterian minister. 

(V) Jeremiah (2), eldest son of Jeremiah 
( I ) Whitney, was born in Westchester county, 
New York, died and was buried in Dutchess 
county. New York, at place and date unknown 
to his descendants. He lived in Fredericks- 
town, New York, also in Fishkill. He was a 
farmer. Married (first) Sarah Lee, who died 
December 25, 1809, (second) Sarah Irene Ste- 
phens. Children of first wife: i. Joseph L. 
(of further mention). 2. Jeremiah (3), mar- 
ried Susan Ressegule, of Connecticut; they 
lived in Fishkill, Milo, Beekman, Reading and 
Tyrone, all in New York, and in Bingham, 
Pennsylvania, where he died. 3. Betsey, bom 
in Dutchess county, New York, 1788; married 
Stephen Jayne, and settled in the state of Ten- 
nessee. 4. Sarah, born in Dutchess county, 
April 17, 1790; married (first) William New- 
ton, (second) Bartholomew Tarney ; they lived 
at Strakey and Milo, New York, where she 
died September 4, 1822. 5. Margaret, born in 

Dutchess county, in 1794; married Seth Chase, 
and removed to the state of Indiana. 

(VI) Joseph Lee, eldest son of Jeremiah 
(2) Whitney, was born in Dutchess county. 
New York, September 15, 1785, died in Sar- 
dinia, New York, November 17, 1847. After 
his marriage he dwelt in Putnam until 1812; 
at Aurelius, New York, until 1814 ; near Penn 
Yan, New York, about fourteen years ; at Jeru- 
salem, New York, a short time; at Reading, 
New York, about three years; in Pulteney, 
New York, about five years; finally settled in 
Sardinia, where he died. He married, Novem- 
ber 23, 1806, at Fishkill, New York, Phebe, 
born April 2, 1790, daughter of Jacob and 
Rachel (Green) Mead. She died at Machias, 
Cattaraugus county. New York, October 12, 
1867. Both are buried in Sardinia. Children : 
I. Drusilla, born at Frederick, now Kent, New 
York, May 5, 1808; married Benjamin Run- 
yan ; removed" finally to Sardinia, New York, 
where they died. 2. Jacob Lee, born in 
(now) Putnam county, New York, April 25, 
1810, died in Milo, New York, September 17, 
1819, and was buried at Penn Yan. 3. Silas 
Jeremiah, born in (now) Putnam county. New 
York, February 12, 181 2; settled in Pulteney 
and Sardinia, New York, finally in Yorkshire, 
Cattaraugus county, where he died; married, 
at Pulteney, New York, May 29, 1837, Issa- 
binda Bootes, of Lodi, New York. 4. Sarah 
Afargaret, bom at Aurelius, New York, May 
18, 1 81 4, died unmarried, at Machias, New 
York. 5. George Harmon, born at Milo, New 
York, January 11, 1817; married at Pulteney, 
where he lived eight years, then removed to 
Waterford, Pennsylvania, where he died Octo- 
ber 15, 1871 ; he married, January 7, 1839, Jo- 
ana McLane, born in Benton, New York, No- 
vember 6, 1816; was living in Waterford, 
Pennsylvania, in May, 1875. 6. Joseph Mead, 
bom at Milo, New York, September 19, 1819; 
married, at Ash ford. New York, January 21, 
1844, Arabella Howe Warner, bom at Plain- 
field, New Hampshire, February 7, 1815, died 
at (jreat Valley, New York, December 26, 
1865, and is buried at Ellicottville. They lived 
at Sardinia, Ash ford and Otto, New York, and 
at Great Valley, fourteen years. In 1866 he 
moved to Humphrey, Pennsylvania. 7. Mary 
Van Pelt, died at the age of thirteen, at Pul- 
teney, New York. 8. Almira Jane, born at 
Milo, New York, August 26, 1825 ; married, at 
Arcade, New York, October 15, 1848, Lewis 



Asa Freeman, born at Walworth, New York, 
August 22, 1825. 9. Phebe Rachel, bom at 
Jerusalem, New York, December 12, 1827; 
married, at EUicottville, New York, February 
14, 1852, Henry Le Dioyt, and removed to 
Magwoketa, Iowa. 10. Benjamin Franklin 
(of further mention). 11. Issabinda Louise, 
born at Pulteney, New York, January 23, 1834; 
married, at Pike, New York, May 9, 1854, 
Andrew Martin Keller, a veteran of the civil 
war ; lived at Olean, New York. 

(VII) Benjamin Franklin, tenth child of 
Joseph Lee and Phebe (Mead) Whitney, was 
bom at Reading, New York, April 28, 1830, 
died in 1906. He was a cooper by trade; 
dwelt after his marriage nine years in Sardinia, 
New York, then settled on a farm in the town 
of Yorkshire, Cattaraugus county, where he re- 
mained nine years ; then removed to Machias, 
same county, where be died. He was a mem- 
ber of the Baptist church, and a man well 
thought of in his neighborhood. He married, 
at Arcade, New York, July 6, 1854, Lurinda 
Adeline Haggerty, born in Ellisburg, New 
York, July 13, 1834, daughter of Reynolds and 
Sarah Ann (Perkins) Haggerty. Children: i. 
William B., born at Sardinia, New York, Sep- 
tember 3, 1857 ; married Lucinda Bowen ; child, 
Harry, married Myrtle Stady. 2. Charles El- 
bert, born April 23, 1863, died May 18, 1864. 
3. Burt Allen (of further mention). 4. Annah 
Mary, born at Machias, New York, Septemb*er 
5, 1875; married Albert G. Braun; children: 
Clifford A., Margaret and William. 

(VIII) Burt Allen, third child of Benjamin 
Franklin and Lurinda Adeline (Haggerty) 
Whitney, was born in the town of Yorkshire, 
Cattaraugus county, New York, June 14, 1867. 
He was educated in the public schools and the 
academic department of the State Normal 
School, at Brockport. After completing his 
studies he was clerk for a year before going in 
partnership with his brother and purchasing 
the general store at Colden, New York, which 
he operated successfully for five years. He 
then sold his interest and located in Machias, 
where he established a general store and oper- 
ated it for six years. He then sold out and 
settled in Little Valley and took up photog- 
raphy. He has been very successful and has 
gained a high reputation for his work. He has 
a large, well-appointed studio where he does 
all kinds of fine work pertaining to the photog- 
rapher's art. He has taken an active interest 
in public affairs and gained for himself a host 

of warm friends. He has been president of 
the village corporation, 1910-11, and is still in 
office. He is a Democrat in politics, and a 
member of the Congregational church. He is 
affiliated with Lodge No. 812 and Chapter No. 
266, of the Masonic order, and with the Inde- 
pendent Order of Odd Fellows. 

He married, June 14, 1892, Louise E., bom 
November 16, 1869, daughter of Frederick and 
Kathryn (Keller) Frantz. Frederick Frantz 
was bom in Alsace, now a province of Ger- 
many ; came to Madison, Indiana ; a baker by 
trade ; in 1861 located in Colden, Erie county. 
New York, where he is now living, and where 
he followed farming, later becoming proprietor 
of the hotel in Colden village. He was an as- 
sessor of Colden; a Democrat and a member 
of the German Lutheran church. Kathryn 
(Keller) Frantz was born in Schfausen, Swit- 
zerland, September 24, 1844, came to Carroll- 
ton, Kentucky, with her parents, George and 
Elizabeth (Matzinge) Keller, in the year 1852; 
then came to Madison, Indiana. She married 
Frederick Frantz, November 28, 1858. Chil- 
dren: I. Louis, married Mae Allen; children: 
Gertrude, Allan and Genevieve. 2. William 
F., married Eva Sugden; child, Leland S. 3.- 
Louise E., married Burt A. Whitney. 4- Fred- 
erick W., married Mamie Snachell. 5. Albert 
E., married Harriet Stowell; children: Carle- 
ton S., Maxwell S. and Kathleen S. 6. Fran- 
cis J., married Adele Mosher ; child, Lillian A. 
Child of Burt A. and Louise E. Whitney: 
Kathryn L., bom January 7, 1907. 

The Seitz family of Salamanca de- 
SEITZ scend from German ancestors long 

seated and influential in that coun- 
try. The founder, so far as traced, was Johan 
Seitz, resident and native of Berwangen. 
Among his children was a son, William. Jo- 
han Seitz was a farmer and lived on a part of 
the Seitz homestead farm that had been in the 
family nearly three centuries. 

(II) William, son f Johan Seitz, was bom 
on the ancestral acres at Berwangen, Germany, 
1818, died in 1876. This estate of three hun- 
dred and forty acres he inherited in part and 
lived there all his days. He married Chris- 
tina, born 1818, daughter of Johan Grimm, 
died 1886, and had a family of eight children : 
Mina, Louis, Katrina, William, Ludwig, 
Henry, August, of further mention, and Fred- 
erick. Of these Mina» August and Frederick 
came to the United States. Mina, the eldest 



child, married in Germany, Tobias Kuhn. They 
came to the United States and settled in Attica, 
New York. Children : William, married Annie 
Schultz, and had a son Clifford; Emma, born 
October 18, 1870, married, May 2, 1888, Wil- 
liam Wentz, born May 31, 1865; children: 
Walter K., born February 16, 1892; Charles 
W., February 8, 1903; Sophie, married Wil- 
liam Hockey; Louis, married Mary Lloyd. 
The husband of Mina, Tobias Kuhn, was a 
farmer and blacksmith. After settling in At- 
tica he entered the employ of the Erie rail- 
road, continuing until death. He belonged to 
the organization of "Horry Gorry." Frederick 
Seitz, the youngest son of William, was edu- 
cated in Germany and served his years of ser- 
vice in the German army. He came to the 
United States in 1883; came to Salamanca, 
where he worked for two years for Havenor 
Brothers. He then went to Onoville, New 
York, where he started a general store and is 
now a man of wealth. He is unmarried. 

(HI) August, son of William and Chris- 
tina (Grimm) Seitz, was born at Berwangen, 
Germany, May i, 1858. He was educated in 
Germany, and in 1876 came to the United 
States, going first to his sister Mina at Attica, 
New York. Here he attended school the first 
year, and began his business career as clerk 
in a clothing store. In 1878 he came to Sala- 
manca, where until 1883 he was in the employ 
of Havenor Brothers, first as clerk, finally be- 
ing placed in charge of the shoe department, 
both buying and selling. In 1883 he formed 
a partnership with Richard Kidder and began 
business for himself. In 1884 he sold out to 
his partner and the same year established in 
business alone. He opened a gentlemen's fur- 
nishing store in Salamanca, and for a quarter 
of a century has been in successful business. 
He is well known, and has filled many posi- 
tions of honor and trust. He is president of 
the Salamanca Building and Loan Associa- 
tion ; was president of the village corporation 
two terms, 1894-1904; village treasurer, 1903, 
and in these oflfices served with ability and in- 
tegrity. He is a member of Lodge and Chap- 
ter of the Masonic Order, and of the Benev- 
olent and Protective Order of Elks. 

He married, June 10, 1885, Lillie T. Have- 
nor, bom April 8, 1865. Children: Annie E., 
born June, 1887; Fred W., March 28, 1889; 
Christine, March, 1893; Helen W., Decem- 
ber 22, 1898. 

The NefFs, of Salamanca, New 
NEFF York, descend from a hardy Swiss 

ancestor, Jacob Uhlrich Neff , bom 
in Switzerland, canton of Coppenzell, in 1809, 
died in France at an advanced age. He re- 
moved to France about 1830. He learned the 
trade of shoemaker, which he followed at in- 
tervals all his life. He was of a deeply relig- 
ious nature and gave a great deal of time to 
preaching the gospel, although there is no rec- 
ced of his being regularly ordained. He mar- 
ried Sally, daughter of Jacob Wurtz, a sol- 
dier under the great Napoleon, and with him 
in the disastrous Russian campaign. Child, 

(II) Benjamin, son of Jacob Uhlrich and 
Sally (Wurtz) Neff, was born in France, No- 
vember 30, 1849. ^^ learned the trade of car- 
penter, but at the age of twenty-two years 
entered the French army, serving until 1873. 
He served through the Franco-Prussian war, 
which resulted in so complete a disaster to 
the French nation, escaping unhurt. In 1873 
he came to the United States, settling at Em- 
porium, Pennsylvania, after a short residence 
in New York City. In November, 1874, he 
settled at Linn Lake, Cattaraugus county, New 
York, where he worked at his trade. He spent 
two years at Bradford, Pennsylvania, return- 
ing to Cattaraugus county, continuing car- 
pentering until 1890. He then bought the old 
saw and grist mill at Machias that had proved 
a losing investment for each successive pro- 
prietor. He renovated and improved it and 
operated it most profitably until 1907, when 
he discontinued milling, retiring to a small 
farm of twenty acres, which he cultivated, and 
also conducted some building. In 1910 he 
took a trip abroad, visiting France and Switz- 
erland, where he endeavored to gather further 
facts concerning his ancestry, but nothing fur- 
ther could be learned than is included in the 
first generation. 

He is a Republican in politics and for sev- 
eral years served as poor master. He is a 
member of the Masonic order, and a man of 
high reputation. He married, May 19, 1874, 
Anna Christina Erion, bom May 16, 1854, 
daughter of John Michael and Anna C. (Koh- 
ler) Erion, who have another daughter Rosa, 
who married Wright Little, deputy sheriff of 
Cattaraugus county, and has a daughter Wini- 

(III) Henry, only child of Benjamin and 



Anna C. (Erion) Neff, was born at Machias, 
Cattaraugus county, New York,, February 24, 
1876. He was educated in the public schools, 
and in 1891 joined his father in the operation 
of the Machias saw and grist mill. He thor- 
oughly learned the business and together they 
made a profitable venture where failure was 
freely predicted by the wiseacres of the com- 
munity. In November, 1902, Henry Neff 
came to Salamanca, where he rented a mill 
property which he later purchased. On April 
18, 1905, his mill was destroyed by fire. He at 
once built a new plant, equipped with the most 
modern milling machinery, connected by pri- 
vate switch with the Pennsylvania railroad. 
He has an established business and is rated 
one of Salamanca's successful men. His mod- 
em brick residence, located near his mill, was 
built by him. He is a Republican in politics, 
and for two years served as village trustee. 
He is a member of the Masonic order. 

He married, January 31, 1901, Elsie Joslin, 
born April 5, 1872, daughter of William A. 
and Emma J. (Parker) Joslin, and grand- 
daughter of Andrew Joslin. Children: Helen 
J., born January 20, 1904; Laura C, April 

25, 19"- 

The Bradleys, of Barker, 
BRADLEY New York, descend from 

Francis Bradley, born in Eng- 
land, 1625, died October, 1689. He emigrated 
to America, settled in New Haven, Connecti- 
cut, where he was articled to Governor The- 
ophilus Eaton, an old friend and schoolmate 
of his father. In 1657 he went to Bradford, 
Connecticut, and from thence to Fairfield, in 
1660, residing there the remainder of his life 
and acquiring considerable property. He mar- 
ried Ruth, daughter of John Barlow, one of 
the first settlers of Fairfield, and ancestor of 
Joel Barlow, the poet and diplomat. 

(H) John, son of Francis and Ruth (Bar- 
low) Bradley, was born in Fairfield, Con- 
necticut, 1664, died there 1703. His farm, given 
him by his father, was near Greenfield Hill. 
He married, 1690, Hannah, daughter of 
Thomas and Ann (Turney) Sherwood. 

(HI) Joseph, son of John and Hannah 
(Sherwood) Bradley, was born in Fairfield, 
Connecticut, September 17, 1701, died there 
March i, 1770. He was a land holder of North 
Fairfield, where in 1738 he purchased the pat- 
rimonial estate of Rev. Aaron Burr. He mar- 

ried, June 20, 1724, Olive, daughter of Sam- 
uel Hubbell. 

(IV) Joseph (2), son of Joseph (i) and 
Olive (Hubbell) Bradley, was bom in Fair- 
field, Connecticut, October 19, 1746, died at 
Berne, New York, January 24, 1828. He was 
a farmer and served during the revolution as 
a volunteer in the Connecticut militia. He 
married, 1768, Martha, daughter of Elias 
Bates, of Redding, Connecticut, and his wife, 
Sarah (Piatt) Bates. 

(V) Lloyd, son of Joseph (2) and Martha 
(Bates) Bradley, was born at Fairfield, in 
1776. He settled in Fairfield, Vermont, where 
at least one of his children was born. He 
married and had issue. 

(VI) Abel, son of Lloyd Bradley, was bom 
at Fairfield, Vermont, December 24, 1806, died 
October i, 1856, in the town oiF Hartland, 
Niagara county. He came from Fairfield to 
Hartland in 1835 and purchased a farm of 
one hundred acres which, until the time of his 
death, he devoted to general farming. He was 
an active member of the Methodist Episcopal 
church, a strong Whig and a prominent 

He married, at White Creek, New York, 
March 11, 1827, Elizabeth Worill, born De- 
cember 15, 1797, at Arlington, Vermont. Chil- 
dren :George B., bora February 12, 1828, died 
August 19, 1830; Almon, May 3, 1829, died 
May 14, 1829; Albert, May 3, 1829, died May 
22, 1829; George Henry, of further mention; 
James D., February 10, 1832, died July 10, 
1904; Abigail, October 28, 1833, died 1856^ 
married James O. King, October 4, 1855 ; Ade- 
line, January 18, 1836, died July 3, 1907, mar- 
ried George Barbour, January 8, 1857; Caro- 
line, January 18, 1836, died January 2, 1907, 
married Joseph Garbutt, April 24, 1855 ; Jane 
Elizabeth, July 16, 1839, married John Ma- 
ther, November 9, 1870. 

(VII) George Henry, son of Abel and Eliz- 
abeth (Worill) Bradley, was born at Arling- 
ton, Vermont, August 12, 1830, died at Som- 
erset, Niagara county, New York, February 
5, 1902. When he was four years of age his 
parents settled in Hartland. Here he attended 
the district schools and afterward taught, rie 
also became a farmer and on the death of his 
father purchased the old homestead. In 1865 
he sold this and purchased the two hundred 
and twenty acre Alfred Van Wagner farm in 
the town of Somerset., Here he engaged in 



general farming until his death. He held sev- 
eral town and county offices, was a member 
of the Methodist Episcopal church, and a Re- 
publican. He married, May 8, 1855, Fanny 
Mead, bom December 15, 1829, died February 
24, 1906. Children: Adele, died in infancy; 
Lewis A. and Frank M., of further mention. 
( Vni) Lewis A., son of George Henry and 
Fanny (Mead) Bradley, was bom March 8, 
1858. He was educated in the public schools 
of Lockport. On the death of his father he 
disposed of his interest in the homestead to 
his brother Frank M., and purchased a farm 
in Somerset, which he cultivated until 1878, 
when he settled in Barker, engaging in the 
produce business. He is a member of the 
Masonic Order, belonging to Lodge, Chapter, 
Commandery and Shrine. He married, Octo- 
ber 16, 1879, Matilda, born in Lockport, March 
12, 1859, daughter of Henry Hoag. Children: 

I. Fred L., born March 28, 1881 ; married 
Lottie Berrin; child: Elmer B., born 1906. 2. 
Fanny, born March 7, 1885. 3. Ethel, bom 
June 2, 1887; married Laurence McPartland, 
of Lockport; child, Marjorie, born Febru- 
ary, 1908. 

(Vni) Frank M., son of George Henry 
and Fanny (Mead) Bradley, was bom April 

II, 1864, at Hartland. He received his educa- 
tion at Somerset Academy and Lockport high 
school. When his education was completed 
he remained on the farm until his father's 
death. He then purchased his brother's in- 
terest in the two hundred and twenty acre 
homestead, on which he now resides, having 
one hundred and fifty acres in fruit and the 
remainder devoted to general farming pur- 
poses. His farm is famous for its fifty acre 
orchard of duchess apples, which is the oldest 
in this section. He also has a peach orchard 
of sixty acres and forty acres of plums and 
pears. The farm is located fifteen miles from 
the county seat, borders on Lake Ontario, and 
bears the reputation of l>eing one of the finest 
in the county. He also has an interest in a 
large farm near Lockport. He held the office 
of supervisor of the town of Somerset for two 
terms. He is interested in the work of the 
Patrons of Husbandry and is a member of 
the New York State Grange. He is a member 
of the Masonic Order, belonging to Lodge, 
Chapter, Commandery and Shrine. He is a 
member of the. Hungarian Club of Niagara 
Falls and the Buffalo Auto Club. 

He married, March 8, 1888, at Olcott, New 

York, Louah M. Dix (see Dix IX). Children: 
I. Marion, born August 11, 1889; educated 
in Lockport high school and Hallon's Insti- 
tute, Virginia. 2. Ora Antoinette, April 30, 
1891 ; educated in Lockport high school and 
Hallon*s Institute, Virginia. 3. Winnifred D., 
March 28, 1895, died April 17, 1903. 4. 
George Tillinghast, June i, 1897; attending 
Deveaux College, Niagara Falls. 5. Frank D., 
May 15, 1909. 

(The Dix Line). 

Four distinct branches of the Dix family 
were planted in America at an early date ; the 
Wethersfield, Connecticut, branch, founded by 
Leonard Dix; the Plymouth, Massachusetts, 
branch, by Anthony Dix; the Watertown, 
Massachusetts, branch, by Edward Dix, and 
the Virginia branch planted in Accomac 
county. Relationship between these four 
branches has never been reliably established. 
The Dix family, of New York, of which the 
present Governor John Alden Dix is the most 
prominent representative, descends from "Ed- 
ward Dix, of Watertown, as does Louah M. 
(Dix) Bradley, she being a cousin of Governor 
Dix, they having a common great-grandfather, 
Ozias Dix, of Wethersfield, Connecticut, and 
Brattleboro, Vermont. 

(I) Edward Dix and his wife Deborah 
came from England in the fleet with Governor 
Winthrop in 1630 and settled in Watertown, 
Massachusetts. He appears to have died there 
prior to the removal of his immediate family 
to Connecticut. His widow Deborah married 
(second) October 16, 1667, Richard Barnes, 
of Marlboro, Massachusetts. Children of Ed- 
ward and Deborah Dix: i. Leonard, of fur- 
ther mention. 2. John, who was in Hartford 
in 1676, joined the Second church there, Sep- 
tember 10, 1686; married Mary Bidwell and 
had seven children. 3. William, died in Hart- 
ford, 1676. 

(II) Leonard, son of Edward Dix, "the 
emigrant," was known to have been a resident 
of Wethersfield, later received a grant of land 
from the town of Branford, but soon after- 
ward returned to Wethersfield, where he re- 
sided from 1650 until his death, December 7, 
i6g6. He was constable in 1672 and surveyor 
of highways in 1684. He had several grants 
of land and at his death left a considerable 
estate on the east side of the Great river, "be- 
ing the Indian purchase," also a "great mus- 
ket," a long fowling piece, swords, belts, etc., 



which may denote military service. His wife 
Sarah died 1709. Children: i. Sarah, born 
1658 ; married John Francis. 2. John, of fur- 
ther mention. 3. Mercy, married, 1687, Moses 

Goff. 4. William, married Vincent. 

5. Hannah, married, 1693, John Rennals, or 

(HI) John, son of Leonard and Sarah Dix, 
was born at Wethersfield, Connecticut, in 1661, 
died November 2, 171 1. He was hay ward in 
1686 and surveyor of highways in 1704. His 
wife Rebecca died November 17, 171 1, aged 
sixty years. Children: John, of further men- 
tion; Rebecca, Leonard and Elizabeth. 

(IV) John (2), son of John (i) and Re- 
becca Dix, born February 17, 1684, married, 
June 9, 1709, Sarah, daughter of John Wad- 
dams. Children: Samuel, John (3), Sarah, 
married Joseph Smith ; Moses, of further men- 
tion; Benjamin. 

(V) Moses, son of John (2) and Sarah 
(Waddams) Dix, was born March 15, 1724, 
died September 25, 1798. Letters of adminis- 
tration on his estate were issued to his son, 
Moses (2), of Farmington, Connecticut. He 
married, September i, 1744, Hannah Dickin- 
son. Children: Jerusha, Rhoda, John (4), 
Ozias, of further mention; Hannah, died 
young; Hannah (2), Rebecca, Mary, a son 
died aged twelve years ; a daughter, died aged 
thirteen years; Moses (2), married Ruth 

(VI) Ozias, son of Moses and Hannah 
(Dickinson) Dix, was born in Wethersfield, 
Connecticut, December 6, 1750. He was a 
soldier of the revolution and after the war was 
over emigrated to Brattleboro, Vermont. He 
married, October 22, 1771, Lucy Hatch, born 
May 6, 1753. The baptisms of their first five 
children were recorded at Wethersfield. Chil- 
dren: I. , baptized May i, 1774. 2. 

Ozias, died young. 3. Lydia (Lucy), baptized 
July 21, 1776. 4. John, born July 5, 1778. 
5. Samuel, born February 23, 1781, died at 
Glens Falls, New York, July 4, 1857; he mar- 
ried, at Wilmington, Vermont, December i, 
1814, Mersylvia Lawton; their son, James 
Lawton Dix, married Laura Ann Stevens; 
their son, John Alden Dix, is the present gov- 
ernor (1911) of the state of New York. 6. 
Ozias, died in infancy. 7. Jerusha, born Octo- 
l)er 23, 1784. 8. Mary, February 23, 1787. 9. 
Zephanah, May 10, 1789. 10. Ozias, of fur- 
ther mention. 11. Daniel, born Febniary t6, 

1796. 12. Moses, February 12, 1798. 13. Jus- 
tice, November.9, 1802. 

(VII) Ozias (2) tenth child of Ozias (i) 
and Lucy (Hatch) Dix, was bom May 6, 1791, 
in Vermont. He settled at White Creek, Wash- 
ington county, New York, where he owned and 
cultivated a good farm. He married Phoebe 
Tillinghast, a descendant of Pardon Tilling- 
hast, of Providence, Rhode Island, 1646. He 
was born in the county of Sussex, England, 
1622, and founded a distinguished family, in- 
cluding Major Thomas Tillinghast, of the 
revolutionary army and supreme court justice 
of Rhode Island. Children of Ozias Dix: 

Rhoda T.. married Norton; Phoebe, 

married Harmon Outwater, and Pardon Til- 
linghast, of further mention. 

(VIII) Pardon Tillinghast, only son of 
Ozias (2) and Phoebe (Tillinghast) Dix, was 
bom at White Creek, Washington county. 
New York, October 19, 1821, died at Olcott, 
Niagara county. New York, November 15, 
1902. He was educated and grew to manhoocl 
in his native county. While still a young man 
he came to Niagara county, making the jour- 
ney by easy stages, and finally settling in the 
town of New fane. He first purchased a farm 
of fifty acres to which he added until it num- 
bered one hundred and fifty acres. Part of 
this he cleared and devoted to general farming 
purposes, but in later years gave much atten- 
tion to fruit farming. He was an influential 
Democrat and was an official of the United 
States department of customs. He served for 
many years as justice of the peace and in other 
town offices. In religious faith he was an Epis- 
copalian. He married, at Newfane, December 
18, 1861, Marie Antoinette McKee, bom at 
Newfane, September 13, 1833, daughter of 
Anthony and Elizabeth (Cole) McKee. Chil- 
dren: I. Louah M., of further mention. 2. 

Donna C, married Dr. Sharpe. 3. 

Manella, married William Briggs. 

(IX) Louah M., daughter of Pardon Til- 
linghast and Marie Antoinette (McKee) Dix, 
married at Olcott, New York, March 8, 1888, 
Frank M. Bradley (see Bradley VIII). 

Richard Currier, 
BEVERLY-CURRIER born in England, 

in 1617, planter 
and millwright, was one of the original set- 
tlers of Salisbury, Massachusetts. He received 
land there in 1641-42; was a commoner and 



paid taxes, 1650. His name heads one list of 
the first commoners of Amesbury, 1654-5, 
where he was town clerk and received land in 
1654-58-59-62-64-68. He and Thomas Macy 
were authorized to build a sawmill in 1656, 
and in 1675 ^^ owned a sawmill in his own 
right. In the seating of the Amesbury meet- 
ing house, 1667, his name stands first "to set 
at the tabell", but he was apparently a member 
of the Salisbury church in 1677. He seems to 
have been one of the most prominent men of 
Amesbury. His name appears very frequently 
on the records of deeds, for he owned a great 
deal of real estate during his life. One deed 
of his was made in 1685, acknowledged the 
day of his death, and not recorded until 1709. 
So thoroughly had he given away his prop- 
erty that there was no administration of his 
estate until twenty-five years after his death. 
A Richard Currier, supposed to be Richard of 
Amesbury, served in the Narragansett war. 
His descendants drew land in Narragansett 
township No. 1. now Buxton, York county, 
Maine, on his original right as a Narragansett 
soldier. He died February 22, 1686-7. He 

married (first) >Ann , who was the 

mother of his three children. Married (second), 
October 26, 1676, Joana Pindor, widow of 
Valentine Rowell and of William Sargent. 
Children: i. Samuel, born about 1636; was a 
weaver and millwright of Haverhill, Massa- 
chusetts, as early as 1665 ; married Mary 
Hardy, daughter of Thomas. 2. Hannah, born 
July 8, 1643 ; married, June 23, 1659, Samuel 
Foot. In 1 691 she is mentioned as "only 
daughter." 3. Thomas, of further mention. 

(II) Deacon Thomas, youngest son of 
Richard and Ann Currier, was born in Salis- 
bury, Massachusetts, March 8, 1646, died in 
Amesbury, September 27, 1712. His will, 
made August 25, 1708, was proved November 
3, 1 7 12. He was town clerk, 1674, having 
taken the oath of fidelity, 1670. He married, 
December 9, 1668, Mary Osgood, who died 
November 2, 1705. She was a daughter of 
William Osgood, who in 1697 deeded her one- 
fourth of his property in Salisbury. Children : 
Hannah, born March 28, 1670, married John 
Stevens (3) ; Thomas, born November 28, 
1671, married Sarah Barnard; Richard, born 
April 12, 1673, married Dorothy Barnard; 
Samuel, bom January 3, 1674-5, married Dor- 
othy Foot; Mary, born November 28, 1676, 
married Robert Hoyt; Annie, mai^ried Sam- 
uel Barnard: William, married Rachel Sar- 

gent; John, married Judith Stevens; Joseph, 
of further mention; Benjamin, born March 
27, 1688, "seventh son," married Abigail 
Brown; Ebenezer, born August 22, 1690, mar- 
ried Judith Osgood; Daniel, born May 31, 
1692, married Sarah Brown. 

(III) Joseph, ninth child and sixth son of 
Deacon Thomas and Mary (Osgood) Currier, 
was born about 1686, and made his will July 
21, proved December 5, 1748. He is styled in 
the records "yeoman." His residence was at 
Amesbury. He married Sarah Brown, who is 
mentioned in his will. Children, all born in 
Amesbury: Nathan, November 16, 1710; Jor 
seph, October 22, 1712; Ephraim, October 12, 
1714; Abner, of further mention; Sarah, born 
November 13, 17 18, married Jonathan Badger; 
Hannah, December 3, 1720, married a Mr. 
Philbrick ; Anne, April 3, 1723, married Peter 
Sargent; Mary, July 17, 1725, married Jona- 
than Clark; Merriam, May 4, 1728, married 
John Hoyt. 

(IV) Abner, fourth son and child of Jo- 
seph and Sarah (Brown) Currier, was born in 
Amesbury, Massachusetts, October 25, 17 16. 
He inherited the homestead under his father's 
will, also "my pew which I have in the West 
Meeting House in Amesbury." He married, 
February 16, 1736-7, at Amesbury, Mary Har- 
vey. Abner died prior to March 30, 1768, 
when his widow and son Abner were appointed 
administrators of his estate. Mary Harvey, 
born September 29, 17 16, at Amesbury, was 
living in 1769. She was the daughter of Jo- 
seph and Dorothy (Barnard) Harvey. Chil- 
dren: I. Dorothy, born December 22, 1737; 
married, March 3, 1763, Captain Joseph Hoyt. 
2. David, born May 4, 1740; married Eliza- 
beth Peabody. 3. Joseph, of further mention. 
4. Abner (2), born September 27, 1745; mar- 
ried Lois Currier. 5. Mary, born April 13, 
1748; married Joseph Frothingham. 6. Moses, 
born February 13, 1751 ; married Rachel Sar- 
gent. 7. Jonathan, born August 22, 1753; 
married Sarah Graves. 8. Sarah, baptized 
March 21, 1756, died young. 9, Jacob, bom 
April 15, 1759, died young. 

(V) Reverend Joseph Currier, son of Ab- 
ner and Mary (Harvey) Currier, was born at 
Amesbury, Massachusetts, March 19, 1742-3, 
died at Corinth, Vermont, 1829. He was a 
p^raduate of Harvard College, class of 1765. 
He later studied divinity, and was ordained a 
minister of the gospel at Goffstown, New 
Hampshire, October 30, 1771. He held ap- 



pointments to various churches in New Hamp- 
shire and Vermont, his last being at Corinth, 
where he died. He married, at Goffstown, 
Ruth Copps, who died 1836. Children: Ab- 
ner, of further mention ; Sarah, Joseph, John, 
bom 1788; Mary, Dolly, Daniel, bom 1797; 

(VI) Abner (2), eldest son of Rev. Joseph 
and Ruth (Copps) Currier, was born at Cor- 
inth, Vermont, May 3, 1783, died at Holland, 
New York, May 15, 1859. He was educated 
in Vermont, where he lived until June 7, 1807, 
on that date emigrating to western New 
York, being then aged twenty-four years. He 
settled at Willink, now Holland, Erie county, 
where he purchased a farm and remained the 
balance of his life. He was one of the early 
settlers in that locality. He was a man of 
great energy and industry, qualities that gained 
him a leading position among the early pio- 
neers. He was known to his neighbors as a 
man whose word was held sacred, and one who 
could be depended upon for the support of any 
good cause or aught that promised for the pub- 
lic good. He was liberal in his views, with a 
wide charity for all. In his private life he 
was benevolent and kindhearted, and was held 
in the highest esteem. After making settle- 
ment in Western New York he returned to 
Vermont, where he married Susanna Porter, 
shortly afterward bringing his bride to the new 
home in Willink. During the first two winters, 
1807-8, he taught the district school, but ever 
afterward remained a farmer. During the 
war of 1812 he enlisted as a private and served 
during the war along the Niagara frontier. 
Later, after the war closed, he was commis- 
sioned a colonel of state militia. Children: 
Hylas T., Susanna, Abner, Joseph, Ruth, Na- 
than Porter, of further mention; Erdix, Lu- 
cinda, Chauncey G., Marilla, Harriet A. 

(VII) Nathan Porter, son of Colonel Ab- 
ner (2) and Susanna (Porter) Currier, was 
bom at Holland, Erie county. New York, 
August 4, 1818, died at Lockport, New York, 
October 14, 1880. He was educated in the 
public schools and Aurora Academy. Early 
in life he engaged in business as a merchant 
at Java Lake, Wyoming county, New York, 
where he also was prominent in public affairs, 
and in 1852 was elected county clerk on the 
Whig ticket. In 1856 he removed to Perry, 
New York, where he also engaged in merchan- 
dising. In 1864, at the earnest request of his 
friend. Governor Washington Hunt, he re- 

moved to Lockport, New York, to become 
manager of the flax and cotton mills there, in 
which the governor was interested, and re- 
mained in charge of the mills until the business 
was discontinued. He then became interested 
in the Lockport Hydraulic Company, of which 
he was secretary and treasurer, also secretary 
of the Franklin Mill Company, and closely 
identified with other interests of the city. His 
friendship with Governor Hunt was only sev- 
ered by the death of the latter, who in his 
will appointed Mr. Currier executor of his es- 
tate. He became an ardent Democrat after 
the dissolution of the Whig party, and for sev- 
eral years was justice of the peace. He was 
a most capable man of business and strictly 
scrupulous in his ideas of business honor. He 
was held in high esteem among his business as- 
sociates and his wide circle of friends. He 
married (first). May 11, 1842, Frances Cook, 
who died in Lockport, May 30, 1873, daughter 
of Philander Cook. He married (second), 
June 22, 1876, Mrs. Olive D. Hall, of Rich- 
mond Hill, Canada, died January 15, 1892. 
Children of first marriage: i. Adelaide, of 
further mention. 2. Carrie A., born in Perry, 
New York, July 27, 1851 ; married, June 7, 
1877, at Lockport, New York, Judge George 
D. Keeney. 3. Edward N., born at Perry, 
New York, July 4, 1858, died at Cleveland, 
Ohio, June 20, 1902. He was six years of age 
when his parents removed to Lockport, where 
he was educated in the common and high 
school, later attending the state normal school 
at Brockport. He later went west, finally set- 
tling in Cleveland, where he died. He was a 
member of the Masonic fraternity and of the 
Order of Elks. He married, at Pittsburg, 
Pennsylvania, April 25, 1882, Margaret C. 
Canavan, died August 2, 1907. Children : Wil- 
liam E., born October 24, 1883; Arthur B., 
December 2, 1887, died July 15, 1902; Harold 
T., born November 7, 1889 ; Carl N., July 25, 
1891 ; Francis P., May 13, 1895. 

(VIII) Adelaide, eldest child of Nathan 
Porter and his first wife, Frances (Cook) 
Currier, was born in Java Lake, New York, 
May 16, 1846. She married, October 19, 1871, 
Ambrose S. Beverly, born at Syracuse, New 
York, August 23, 1826, died at Lockport, New 
York, June 24, 1896, youngest son of Captain 
Charles S. and Prudence (Larned) Beverly. 
He learned the trade of tinner at Lockport, 
where he removed in 1847, and in 1854 pur- 
chased a tinware store. He soon extended his 

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business so as to include a full hardware line, 
and erected a three-story building at Market 
and Exchange streets. This business he con- 
ducted with marked success until 1888. In 
1879 he became a member of the Niagara 
White Grape Company, of which he was pres- 
ident. He was also treasurer of the Lockport 
Pulp Company ; president and treasurer of the 
Lockport Hydraulic Company; president and 
treasurer of the Franklin Mills Company; 
treasurer of the Lockport Felt Company ; pres- 
ident of the Boston and Lockport Block Com- 
pany, and interested in several other business 
enterprises. He was mayor of Lockport in 
1881-82, and later president of the board of 
police commissioners. During the war of the 
rebellion he was one of the committee ap- 
pointed to raise forces and funds. He was a 
member of Grace Episcopal Church of Lock- 
port, and was an Independent Democrat in 

Mrs. Beverly survives her husband. She is 
a resident of Lockport, New York. She is a 
member of Grace Episcopal Church and of the 
social and benevolent societies of the town. 

This branch of the Peter- 
PETERSON sons in the United States 

came by an ancestor from 
Holland who settled in New Amsterdam at 
an early date. The name appears on the rec- 
ord as early as 1646, when Barent and Casper 
Pietersen, with others, petitioned for leave to 
form a village and for salt meadows. Chris- 
tian Peterson owned lands in Brooklyn in 1660. 
Christian Peterson married Tryntje Cornelise, 
and had several children, baptized in 1658 
and 1669. 

(II) Garret, son of Christian and Tryntje 
(Cornelise) Peterson, removed in 1694 to 
New Jersey. He married and had issue. 

(III) William, son of Garret Peterson, 
married Mary Valentine and had issue that 
settled in Somerset county, New Jersey, on 
the banks of the Raritan. They were owners 
of the land they tilled, and rendered good ser- 
vice to their state, several of the name appear- 
ing on New Jersey revolutionary rolls. 

(IV) Cornelius, son of William Peterson, 
was a farmer of the town of Hillsborough, 
Somerset county. New Jersey. He took an 
active part in town affairs, and when the free- 
holders of Neshanic (a village in the town- 
ship) met. May 3, 1775, to choose officers for 

the Hillsborough battalion of militia he was 

elected second lieutenant, his brother Roelof 
being chosen first lieutenant. The battalion 
saw service during the revolution, and Lieu- 
tenant Cornelius Peterson was with his com- 
pany. He married, in Neshanic, Hannah Pur- 
cell (or Parscell) and had children, all bap- 
tized in the Dutch Reformed church. After 
the war was over Cornelius removed to New 
York state, probably during his military ser- 
vice, having heard of some locality that suited 
him. He loaded such goods as he could move 
into covered wagons, and with wife, family, 
and some negro slaves, made his way to Cay- 
uga county, New York, where he cleared a 
farm and lived the remainder of his days. Chil- 
dren: Cornelius (2), Jerome, George, Garret, 
of further mention ; Roelof, Richard, Anna 
and Atlje. 

(V) Garret (2), son of Cornelius and Han- 
nah (Purcell or Parscell) Peterson, was born 
in Neshanic, Hillsborough township, Somerset 
county. New Jersey, died at Nunda, New 
York, November i, 1843. He came to Cayuga 
county. New York, with his father, between 
the years 1785 and 1800, marrying in the town 
of Scipio, the latter year, Rebecca Babcock, 
whose parents removed to Cayuga county 
from New Bedford, Massachusetts. 

(VI) Gilbert, son of Garret (2) and Re- 
becca (Babcock) Peterson, was born in the 
town of Owasco, Cayuga county, New York, 
August 5, 1824, died November 14, 1890. He 
was educated in the district schools, and at an 
early age became a lumberman, a business he 
followed for several years. Later he engaged 
in contracting as a member of the firm of 
Hunt, Peterson & Kinsley. They carried on 
several large operations, among them being 
a contract from the state of New York, enlarg- 
ing the canals between Middleport and Gas- 
port, New York, in 1855. I" 1858 he removed 
his residence to Lockport, New York, having 
been appointed superintendent of the western 
division of the Erie Canal. Later he assumed 
the contract for canal repairs on the Albany 
section, later the section between Frankfort 
and Little Falls. At about this time he built 
the Kilburn Hill water works plant and sys- 
tem at Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The old con- 
tracting firm then dissolved. Mr. Peterson 
admitted his sons Charles and Jesse to a part- 
nership, and as Peterson & Sons they built the 
water works at Grand Rapids, Michigan, and 
a similar plant at Toledo, Ohio. Another im- 
portant contract was the erection, for the 



United States government, of the Trumbull 
street reservoir at Washington, D. C. Mr. 
Peterson, Sr., continued actively in business 
until his death in 1890. He was a Democrat 
in politics and a member of the Episcopal 
church. He was a man of forceful character, 
upright and honorable. 

He married, in 1847, Elizabeth Parker, born 
1823, died 1905, daughter of Benjamin and 
Catherine (Snyder) Parker, and granddaugh- 
ter of Captain John and Elizabeth (Rettie) 
Parker, of Somerset county, New Jersey. Cap- 
tain John Parker served in the revolutionary 
war with the First Battalion, Somerset County 
militia; was engaged at the battle of Mon- 
mouth under command of General Washing- 
ton, and died soon after the battle, from apo- 
plexy. Benjamin Parker came from Somer- 
set county. New Jersey, to Livingston county, 
New York, in 1797. He served in the war of 
1 81 2- 1 4, losing a leg at the battle of Queens- 
town Heights. Elizabeth Parker descended in 
direct lines from three "Mayflower" passen- 
gers and signers of the "Compact;" Francis 
Cooke, Richard Warren and John Cooke. Chil- 
dren of Gilbert and Elizabeth (Parker) Peter- 
son: Charles, born 1848; Jesse, of further 
mention; Elizabeth, born in Lockport, New 

(VH) Jesse, son of Gilbert and Elizabeth 
(Parker) Peterson, was born at Belfast, Alle- 
gany county, New York, October i, 1850. He 
was educated in the public schools at Lock- 
port, attended the high school, and later was 
a student at Bryant and Stratton's Business 
College, at Buffalo. In 1868 he became asso- 
ciated with his father in the contracting busi- 
ness and was in charge of many of the large 
operations mentioned in the preceding gen- 
eration. The firm of Peterson & Sons con- 
ducted a large and profitable business, being 
well known as a capable, responsible firm. He 
continued in business with Peterson & Sons 
until the dissolution of the firm through the 
death of the senior partner. In 1885 he was 
one of the organizers of the Indurated Fibre 
Company, which was incorporated in that 
year with Jesse Peterson, president and general 
manager. He has other important business 
interests: Is president of the Buffalo Ware- 
house & Distributing: Company, sole owner of 
the Cascade Pulp Mills, and otherwise inter- 
ested in Lockport and Buffalo enterprises. His 
life has been an active, useful one, and the 
reward that has followed has been fairly 

earned and wisely used. He is a Democrat in 
politics; in 1892 was presidential elector and 
is influential in his party. He served his city 
as police commissioner and also as railroad 
commissioner. Through his patriotic ancestors 
he has gained membership in the Sons of the 
American Revolution; is a member of the 
Electrical Engineers Club, of New York City, 
and tlie Social Qub, Buffalo and Ellicott, of 

He married, January 29, 1873, Arabella A., 
(daughter of former Mayor Albert F. Brown, 
of Lockport. Children : Clara, married Henry 
M. Nichols ; Jesse Dudley. 

The remote origin of this fam- 
RANSOM ily across the sea is veiled with 

the doubt and uncertainty that 
surround most ancestral records, made up 
as they are largely from tradition. The his- 
torian of the Ransoms of America, Willys C. 
Ransom, A. M., states there is little doubt that 
the family is of Danish stock, the first landing 
in Brittainy being coincident with the Danish 
invasion and the overthrow of the Anglo- 
Saxon rule in that country, loi 7-1042. It is 
said that for many years after the Danish in- 
cursions they were called by the Britons, Ran- 
somes, as in their early raids they seized and 
carried away notable men and women, holding 
them in captivity until the ransom demanded 
for their release was paid. After the restora- 
tion of Saxon rule, it is likely that Danish 
families continued to live in England and were 
still known and called by the old name. 
Old records and registers generally spelled 
the name with a final "e." Occasionally 
it was written Ransomme and Ransom, 
but since the sixteenth century the name 
has usually been spelled as it is pro- 
nounced. There is also a prevalent impression 
that the American branch is of Celtic or Welsh 
descent, and again it is claimed that they came 
into England with William the Conqueror, but 
these statements are extremely hard to verify 
and difficult to accept. All efforts to connect 
the American family with English progenitors 
of definite date and localities have been un- 
successful. The passenger lists at the differ- 
ent ports from which the emigration to Amer- 
ica departed during the seventeenth centur>' 
fails to show a single passenger by the name 
of Ransom, although it is beyond question that 
one of that name landed in Plymouth, Massa- 
chusetts, previous to 1650. The municipal and 



church records show that for many centuries 
families of Ransoms have lived and been 
prominent in affairs in Kent, Ipswich, Sussex, 
and principal towns in Eastern England. 

The first of the family in America of whom 
there is clear and continuous record is Rob- 
ert Ransom, of Plymouth, although there are 
others mentioned at as early a date — Matthew, 
of Lyme, Connecticut, who is believed to have 
been a son of Robert; and Peter Ransome, 
who settled in Virginia, and was a member of 
the house of burgesses from Elizabeth county 
in 1654, who may have been a brother of 
Robert. In 1654 Robert Ransom was com- 
plainant in Plymouth court against his mas- 
ter, Thomas Dexter, Jr., to whom he was ap- 
prenticed. Where he came from and how long 
he had been in the colony is unknown. He 
seems to have been a lonely, friendless lad. 
Certain it is that he had no parents in Ply- 
mouth and grew up a wayward boy and young 
man, although in matUrer years he became 
wiser and held positions of trust. From 
Freeman's "History of Cape Cod" it appears 
that Robert was a resident of Sandwich in 
1654, and that he complained to the court of 
Thomas Dexter, Jr., but was himself repri- 
manded.. The date is August 4, 1654, and at 
this time Thomas Clark, of Plymouth, bought 
out this remaining time of Dexter. Robert's 
offense was stubbornness, and he seems to 
have continued in offending, as on March i, 
1663, he was fined ten shillings for his "turbu- 
lent and clamorous carriage in the court." 
December 2, 1665, he was admonished for call- 
ing William Hawkins a "rogue" and insulting 
him. In 1669 Robert Ransom and wife ap- 
peared, and were bound to answer for their 
"contentions and unworthy carryages" each 
to the other. March i, 1690, he appeared to 
answer his presentment for speaking wicked 
and reproachful words against the governor 
and magistrates. The jury cleared him legally, 
although they were persuaded that the lan- 
guage spake "like unto the said Ransom's lan- 
guage." He seems to have had a good deal of 
trouble, and to have been both sinning and 
sinned against. June i, 1675, he was appointed 
one of the four surveyors of highways of Ply- 
mouth. July 7, 1681, John Doter, "late con- 
stable of Plymouth," complained against him 
to the damage of five pounds, for his putting 
the said Doter "to much unnecessary trouble, 
expense of time and losses in the execution of 
bis late office of constable." Jury found for 

the plaintiff. July 7, 1685, Robert Ransom 
was one of the jury at the court of His Maj- 
esty, "holden at Plymouth." Some time pre- 
vious to his death he was one of the committee 
to receive funds for the increase of the min- 
ister's salary. He married young, although 
Plymouth records bear no record of his mar- 
riage. His home was at Lakenham, now 
Lakeville, the town south of Middleboro, 
merged in 1708 with the town of Plympton. 
He reared a large family of sons and daugh- 
ters who appear to have been respected peo- 
ple, who intermarried with the best families 
of the colony. Robert owned a home and 
land on which he lived and farmed, purchased 
from Samuel Ryder, Jr. His wife Hannah is 
sometimes called Susannah, and it is possible 
he may have been married a second time. He 
died December 14, 1697, leaving a comfort- 
able estate for his day. His is the first death 
recorded in the Ransom family. Children: 
I. Matthew, of Saybrook, Connecticut; mar- 
ried, March 7, 1683, Hannah Jones. 2. 
Joshua, of Plymouth, Massachusetts ; married 
(first) Mary Clifford, February i, 1686; (sec- 
ond), Susanna Garner, March 10, 1692. 3. 
Robert, of further mention. 4. Hannah, of 
Pfymouth; married, 1691, Ebenezer Jackson. 
5. Mercy, of Plymouth; married, 1692, Sam- 
uel Waterman. 6. Mary, of Plymouth; mar- 
ried Nehemiah Besse. 7. Samuel, of Ply- 
mouth; married, 1706, Mercy Dunham.. 

(II) Robert (2), son of Robert (i) and 
Hannah Ransom, died April 27, 1723. There is 
no record of the place or date of his birth, but 
the records show him to have been the third 
son of Robert, and born probably about 1669, 
at Lakenham, afterward Plympton, county of 
Plymouth, Massachusetts. The Plymouth 
county records show that June 17, 1686, Rob- 
ert Ransom (i) gave by deed of trust, which 
took the place of a will, certain real estate 
holdings, "To Robert Ransom, Junior, my be- 
loved son". Robert Ransom (2) married, 
about 1689, Anna, believed to have been the 
daughter of Deacon Waterman, of Halifax. 
Massachusetts. Children: i. Samuel, born 
1693; married, December 12, 1717, Abigail 
Richard. 2. Abigail, born June 7, 1695 * niar- 
ried Nathaniel Thomas. 3. Lydia, born Feb- 
ruary 26, 1700; married January 8, 1724, Sam- 
uel Barrows. 4. Ebenezer, born September 6, 

1702; married, 1722, Jerusha . 5. 

Mary, born June 9, 1705. 6. Robert (3), of 
further mention. 7. Joseph, of further men- 



tion. 8. Anna, born November 18, 171 1. 9. 
Deborah, bom May 3, 1714, died 1723. 

The descendants of Robert multiplied rap- 
idly, and many of them settled in Plympton 
and adjacent towns, making their way in 
course of time to various localities in Massa- 
chusetts, Vermont and Connecticut. A num- 
ber located in the valley of the Hudson in New 
York state, at Saguerties and Poughkeepsie, 
from whom descendants spread to western 
New York and throughout even the far west. 

(Ill) Robert (3), third son and sixth child 
of Robert (2) and Anna (Waterman) Ran- 
som, was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts, 
September 15, 1707, and passed his entire life 
there. He married (first) August 30, 1719, 
Sarah Thomas; (second) 1729, Sarah Chyles. 
A distinguished member of his family was 
Captain Samuel Ransom, of Wyoming, Penn- 
sylvania, born April 10, 1738, at Middleboro, 
Massachusetts. When of age he went with his 
brother John to Connecticut, where he married 
and lived until the outbreak of the revolu- 
tionary war, when he removed with his family 
to the Wyoming valley, Pennsylvania, then a 
part of Litchfield county, Connecticut. He 
joined the American army and was commis- 
sioned captain in the Pennsylvania Continen- 
tal Line. He fought in many battles, and then 
returned to his home to defend the valley 
against the Indians, sent by British generals to 
bum, kill and destroy. He was slain at the 
head of his little force in a vain attempt to 
turn the tide of the bloody battle, known in 
history as the Wyoming Massacre. 

(III) Joseph, fourth son and seventh child 
of Robert (2) and Anna (Waterman) Ran- 
som, was born December 22, 1709. He set- 
tled in Ulster county. New York, where he 
died. He married, March 24, 1730, Mary Pin- 
chon. Children: James, born April 16, 1732; 
Peleg, of further mention; Ruth, born Jan- 
uary 20, 1736; Mary, July 4, 1740; Joseph, 
1744. He is said to have been drowned in the 
Hudson river. 

(IV) Peleg, second son of Joseph and 
Mary (Pinchon) Ransom, was bom in Ply- 
mouth, Massachusetts, August 5, 1735. He re- 
moved to Ulster county with his father prior 
to the revolution, and ever after made that 
his home. He was a devoted patriot, signer 
of the Ulster county revolutionary pledge, was 
captain of a company of the Third Regiment, 
Ulster county militia, and rendered efficient 
service. He married, October 15, 1760, Su- 

sanna G